David Hyun, son of Reverend Soon Hyun, was the first ever-Korean American architect and a self-described essayist. He is best
known for his 1978 design of the Japanese Village Plaza in downtown Los Angeles, as part of a revitalization of Little Tokyo,
and his dedication to documenting his father's work in the Korean Independence movement of 1919. His papers consist primarily
of writings (by both himself and others), photographs, and architectural drawings and renderings. They also contain subject
files, materials related to both Reverend Soon Hyun and the Korean American Museum, biographical materials and oral histories,
articles and clippings, and architectural portfolios.
David Hyun, born on January 3, 1917 in Korea, was the youngest son of Reverend Soon and Maria Lee Hyun. His father was a Methodist
minister and a key member in the Korean Independence movement of 1919. Soon Hyun's involvement in the movement caused his
family to flee from Korea to Shanghai, where Soon helped organize the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea. After
five years in Shanghai the Hyun family settled in Kauai, Hawaii, where Soon was the Provisional Government's official representative
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