An ever-present fear of another war on the Korean peninsula was one of many reasons that my father became active in supporting the peaceful policy solutions to Koreas’ ideological standoff. He was especially behind the Sunshine policy of the late former President and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Kim Dae-jung, whom he met in the 1980’s during Kim’s political exile in the U.S.
Former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung (L) and his longtime supporter, my father Daeyang Kang, bid farewell after Kim’s visit to Washington in 2007. That was Kim’s last visit to the U.S.
In his retirement in Los Angeles, my father enjoys playing golf in the mornings, going online watching Korean dramas streamed over the Internet in the afternoons, and calling his four children and six grandchildren in the evenings over Google Hangout. From reading a daily newspaper cover to cover to indulging in current best-sellers, life has finally come full circle for my father, whose teen years were taken from him by the tragic loss of his father at such an impressionable age some six decades ago.
Grandpa Daeyang teaches Louis (L) a golf lesson in the backyard of his Los Angeles home. My Dad has a single digit handicap. He has had four Hole-In-Ones (three times at the California Country Club, and once at Mountain Meadows Golf Course) and several Eagles.