Heo Jong-suk

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Heo Jong-suk
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Born Heo Jong-ja
(1908-07-16)July 16, 1908
Seoul, Korea
Died June 5, 1991(1991-06-05) (aged 82)
Pyongyang, North Korea
Notable work
Korean name
Hangul 허정숙
Revised Romanization Heo Jong-suk
McCune–Reischauer Heo Jong-suk
Courtesy name
Hangul 정자
Revised Romanization Jong-ja
McCune–Reischauer Jong-ja

Heo Jong-suk (Hangul허정숙; Hanja許貞淑; July 16, 1908 – June 5, 1991) was a Korean independence activist, writer, journalist, communist, feminist, and sex positive activist. Her real name was Jongja (정자; 貞子).[1]

She was a member of Singanhoe, Geunwoohoe and a founding member of Joseon Communist Party and also an early Korean feminism activist and sex positive activist.


In her early years, Heo went to Japan to study in Gansai School in Tokyo. She later left and in her next years Heo went to China where she was given an entrance to Sanghai Forigen High School where she graduated.[2] Later she returned to her country. In 1921, she participated in the Feminist Movement and joined Korean Communist Party.

At that time, Japanese Government-General of Korea decided to make the Communist Party illegal. She avoided persecution for participation in the Communist Party. Later in 1924, she was introduced to International Women's Day, on March 1925, she went to Women's Day event in Seoul. In 1927 she was a founding member of Geunwoohoi (ko) and also participated to Singanhoe(신간회).[3]

Heo also was in favor of "unrelated Love and Sex". Her opinion was denounced in Korean society because at that time, the vestiges of fundamentalist Confucianism remained in the Koreas.

In 1936, she went to China where she participated in the Korean National Revolutionary Party(조선민족혁명당).[2] In 1938, she went to Heobai, participated in Chosen Independence alliance (ko), an Anti-Japanese Korean resistance Group.[2] In 1945, she went to Seoul but she left for North Korea to avoid right wing terrorism. In 1948 she participated in the North Korean Government.


  • In Grace Lover (은혜로운 사랑 속에서)
  • Democraticism founder days (민주건국의 나날에)
  • Historical rememories of great loves (위대한 사랑의 력사를 되새기며)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Heo Jong-suk (in Korean)
  2. ^ a b c Heo Jong-suk (in Korean)
  3. ^ Heo Jong-suk

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