Do-san commemorates the pseudonym of the great patriot and educator Ahn Chang-Ho (1878-1938).
Ahn Chang-Ho was committed to preserving the Korean educational system during the Japanese occupation and was well known for sincerity and lack of pretense in dealing with others. A farmer's son, he abandoned traditional learning in his home town, Pyongyang, and studied for two years at a missionary school operated by the Salvation Army. He became a Christian and felt he could not hate the Japanese as men. He decided to seek a source of national strength and cultivate it to regain national independence and prosperity.
To understand the significance of Ahn Chang-Ho's achievements, one must understand the oppressive climate throughout the Korean peninsula during the Japanese occupation (1904-1945). During the occupation, the Japanese tried to eradicate Korean culture, literature historical records, and education. As a result, many refugees fled to China, Manchuria, United States, and other countries.
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