Bang Jeong-hwan

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Bang Jeong-hwan
방정환
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BornJimmy
November 9, 1899
DiedJuly 23, 1931(1931-07-23) (aged 31)
Pen nameJanmul, Geumpari, Ssang S, Mulmangcho, Mokseong, Bukgeukseong, Mongjungin, Monggyeoncho, Sopa
LanguageKorean
NationalityKorean
CitizenshipKorean
Korean name
Hangul방정환
Hanja方定煥
Revised RomanizationBang Jeong-hwan
McCune–ReischauerPang Chŏng-hwan

Bang Jeong-Hwan, (November 9, 1899 – July 23, 1931), was a pioneer of Korean juvenile literature and a children's rights activist, who led the establishment of Children's Day in Korea.[1]

Life[edit]

Bang Jeong-Hwan was born November 9, 1899, in Seoul, Korea. Bang graduated from Posung School and studied Child Psychology and Children's Literature at Toyo College in Japan. Bang died from kidney failure on July 23, 1931.[2]

Work[edit]

The Literature Translation Institute of Korea sums Bang's career up:

Bang Jeong-Hwan was the father of children’s literature in Korea. He started the children’s literary magazine Eorini, which remained in print from 1923 to 1934, and helped establish children’s literature stories, songs and plays for children as a distinct genre. Original stories, adaptations and translations Bang contributed to the magazine reveal his intimate awareness of the ways in which economic difficulties of life can affect children and corrupt their innocence; rich with lessons, these works reinforce the view that the good will ultimately triumph over evil and seek to restore the purity of childhood. In addition to such literary endeavors, Bang Jeonghwan continually sought ways to improve children’s life both culturally and materially. He organized theater festivals and public readings as part of the larger cultural movement for children and was instrumental in instituting Children’s Day in Korea, first observed on May 1, 1922. He also started a number of organizations for children, including Cheondogyo Children’s Association (Cheondogyo sonyeonhoe) and The Rainbow Society (Saekdonghoe). Along with Kim Gijeon and Lee Jeongho, Bang Jeonghwan is considered an early champion of children’s rights in Korea.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bang Jeonghwan" LTI Korea Datasheet available at LTI Korea Library or online at: "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-09-21. Retrieved 2013-09-03.
  2. ^ "Bang Jeonghwan" LTI Korea Datasheet available at LTI Korea Library or online at: "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-09-21. Retrieved 2013-09-03.
  3. ^ Source-attribution|"Bang Jeonghwan" LTI Korea Datasheet available at LTI Korea Library or online at: "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-09-21. Retrieved 2013-09-03.