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Daniel Lee 1950

Kie-Hong Daniel Lee was interviewed by Erika Shelburne on September 18, 2011 in Seoul, South Korea.  Excerpts from the interview are below.  Copies of the interview on DVD are in the open stack video collection of the Frost Library for borrowing, and are available for viewing in Archives and Special Collections or for purchase on request .

Kie-Hong Daniel Lee, Class of 1950, was the first Korean student to graduate from Amherst College. He majored in economics and went on to Columbia University for his master's degree before returning to his country where he was one of the early architects of the Korean Five Year Plan for national reconstruction after the Korean War. He has held positions with teh World Bank and the Korean Economic Development Institute. Most recently he was publisher and chairman of the journal "Korea Business World."

Erika Shelburneis Amherst College's liaison for west coast alumni and had already established a friendship with the Lee family when the Library called upon her for this interview in Seoul. She currently serves as Director of Leadership Giving at Amherst.

  • Lee talks about the scholarships he offers for students to attend Amherst:
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  • Lee describes his arrival at Amherst in 1948:
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  • Lee talks about meeting Korean President Rhee while working the Korean Five Year Plan:
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