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Kim Young Sam

Kim Young SamBorn: 20-Dec-1927
Birthplace: Koje Island, Korea

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Asian
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Head of State

Nationality: South Korea
Executive summary: President of South Korea, 1993-98

An opponent of strongman Park Chung Hee, his summary expulsion from the Korean legislature brought riots into the streets and Park's assassination less than one month later. Unfortunately the first free election, 1987, two opposition leaders ran simultaneously and neither was elected. Instead Roh Tae Woo became President. Kim merged his party with Roh's, and was elected his successor. His legacy is mixed: while on the one hand Kim's administration spearheaded the prosecution for treason and corruption of two former South Korean presidents (earning convictions for both), the performance of his own administration was less than stellar. The economy fared poorly, problems with KIA Motors precipitated the Asian economic crisis, and allegations of bribery and corruption haunted him.

Father: Kim Hong-Jo
Mother: Park-Bu-Ryon (d.)
Wife: Myoung-Soon Sohn (two sons, three daughters)

    High School: Kyongnam High School, Pusan
    University: Seoul National University (1952)

    President of South Korea 25-Feb-1993 to 25-Feb-1998
    Subversion arrested (1980-81, martial law)
    Subversion house arrest (1982-83)
    Traveled to the USSR Jul-1989


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