Eyes on the Prize

  • Kisam Kim
  • Donald Kirk


The cover of a book of Kim Dae-jung’s speeches and interviews, Philosophy & Dialogues: Building Peace & Democracy, published in 1987 in Hangul and English, proudly stated that in January 1987 DJ “was honored by being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his three-decade-long struggle for democracy and human rights.” The cover blurb said the nomination was “a tribute to Kim Dae-jung and an honor for the Korean people he has so proudly served.”1 The blurb might also have added that DJ was the hero of the American intellectual establishment, a figure comparable to South Africa’s Nelson Mandela, as popular in the groves of American academe as he was on the campaign trail in his native Cholla region.


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  1. 1.
    Kim Dae-jung, Philosophy & Dialogues: Building Peace & Democracy (New York: Korean Independent Monitor, August 1987), cover.Google Scholar

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  • Donald Kirk

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