Kim, Kee-chang


Kim, Kee-chang: He participated in the Korean independence as a Korean National Association leader in Mexico.

He immigrated to Mexico in 1905 to labor in the farms. After four years of fulfilling a labor contract, he became a key Korean community leader in their immigration society. He sponsored the initial conference of Korean National Association on May 26, 1909. Later, he founded a Hae Dong School for early Korean education and he was the first school principal. When Dosan Ahn Chang Ho made a visit to Mexico, he joined Hung Sa Dahn. His badge number: 136. He was appointed as a local supervisor in the Yucatan area by Kim, Kyusik of U.S. Diplomacy Committee. He also sent independence funds to the Provisional Government in Shanghai. In 2011, the South Korean government posthumously recognized him with the Order of Merit of National Foundation / Patriotism Award for his contribution toward the Korean independence movement.



◀ Group photo when Dosan Ahn Chang Ho made a visit to Mexico. Ahn Chang Ho is seated left in the front row and Kim, Kee-chang is in the middle in the rear row. (1918)