Chris Nam

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Chris Nam
Born (1954-06-10) June 10, 1954 (age 63)
Uiseong, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
Nationality South Korea
(Formerly United States)
Education Konkuk University (B.A., M.A.)
Known for Founder of New Star Realty
Korean name
Hangul 남문기
Hanja 南文基
Revised Romanization Nam Mun-gi
McCune–Reischauer Nam Mun'gi

Chris Moonkey Nam (born 10 June 1954) is a South Korean businessman and former Korean American community leader. A former citizen of the United States by naturalisation, he renounced that citizenship in 2011 in order to pursue his political ambitions in his country of birth.

Early life and career[edit]

Nam was born in Uiseong, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in public administration from Konkuk University, and also spent two years working for Korea Housing & Commercial Bank (한국주택은행, now part of KB Kookmin Bank). He moved to the United States in 1982, settling in Southern California. There, he founded New Star Realty in 1988; New Star would grow to become the largest real estate agency catering to the Korean American community.[1] He also served as head of the Korean-American Federation of Los Angeles and the Korean-American Chamber of Commerce.[2]

Federation of Korean Associations, USA[edit]

In May 2009, Nam was elected as the 23rd president of the Federation of Korean Associations, USA.[3] Among other activities as president, he spoke out in favour of efforts to raise voter turnout among South Koreans in the United States, noting that while there might be as many as 900,000 potential voters in the Los Angeles metropolitan area alone, there was only one polling place, which could take as much as two hours' travel for some voters to reach.[4]

Grand National Party[edit]

In July 2011, Nam was chosen by Hong Jun-pyo of the Grand National Party (now the Saenuri Party) as the head of the party's Overseas Korean Committee (재외국민위원). This position required him to be a South Korean citizen and not hold any foreign citizenships; however, he was unable to give up his U.S. citizenship by the deadline a month after he had been named to the position, and so his nomination was cancelled.[5] His appointment with the U.S. embassy in Seoul to renounce citizenship was held in September.[2] His renunciation was confirmed by a notice in the Federal Register in July 2012.[6]

Honours and awards[edit]

In August 2009, Nam was invited to speak at the graduation ceremony of his alma mater Konkuk University, and on the occasion was awarded an honorary doctorate in politics.[7]


  1. ^ Koo Mi-hwa (April 2006). "미국 최대 한인 부동산 그룹 CEO 남문기". The Dong-A Ilbo Weekly Magazine (559): 414–423. Retrieved 2012-07-21. 
  2. ^ a b "남문기씨 '미 시민권 곧 포기'; 한나라 재외국민위 자문위원장에 임명". Korea Daily. 2011-09-16. Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  3. ^ "미주총연 신임회장에 남문기씨 당선". Maeil Business Newspaper. 2009-05-31. Retrieved 2012-07-23. 
  4. ^ Kim Dong-ryeol (2011-06-20). "남문기 미주한인회장 '재외국민 투표율 5% 안될 것'". Jaegyeong Ilbo. Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  5. ^ Kim Yeong-ryeol (2011-08-12). "한나라당, 남문기 재외국민위원장 '임명 취소'". ASEAN Today. Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  6. ^ Ann V. Gaudelli, Internal Revenue Service (2012-07-27). "Quarterly Publication of Individuals, Who Have Chosen To Expatriate, as Required by Section 6039G". Federal Register. 77 (145): 44310–44311. Retrieved 2012-07-28. 
  7. ^ "미주총련 남문기 회장 건국대서 명예박사". The Hankyoreh. 2009-08-24. Retrieved 2012-07-27. 

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