Robert S. Kim

Robert S. Kim is the author of Project Eagle: The American Christians of North Korea in World War II (Potomac Books, 2017) and has almost two decades of experience in law and foreign affairs. He has worked in international financial law at a New York firm and in financial regulation at the US Securities and Exchange Commission and at the Department of Treasury. He previously worked at the US embassy in Moscow and served as the Treasury Department’s deputy attaché at the US embassy in Baghdad from 2009–10.

The American Missions in Korea: Complete Success, Completely Forgotten
The American Missions in Korea: Complete Success, Completely Forgotten

The American-led Protestant missions in Korea achieved perhaps the most rapid and complete transformation of a nation in the history of Christianity, but they disappeared into almost complete obscurity by the time that the Korean War forced Americans to pay attention to Korea.

Independence Day in Pyongyang, North Korea, 1896
Independence Day in Pyongyang, 1896

Few Americans realize that Fourth of July celebrations once occurred in a place where they are now inconceivable: Pyongyang, now the capital of North Korea.

Lost Cause: The American Christians of North Korea in the Second World War
Lost Cause: The American Christians of North Korea in the Second World War

During WWII, children of the American Christian missionaries in Korea served in significant roles in the U.S. government and sought to direct U.S. attention and efforts toward Korea.

Jerusalem Lost: The Eradication of Christianity in Pyongyang, 1945-1953
Jerusalem Lost: The Eradication of Christianity in Pyongyang, 1945-1953

The spread of Christianity in Korea and the city of Pyongyang, described in Part I, and the rise of Korean…

Christianity and the Korean Independence Movement, 1895-1945
Christianity and the Korean Independence Movement, 1895-1945

The arrival and early growth of Christianity in Korea coincided with the fall of Korea to the Empire of Japan and the emergence of a Korean independence movement. The first generation of Korean Christians became the main leaders of the independence movement, and they established a connection between Korean national identity and Christianity that has continued into the 21st Century.

Jerusalem of the East The American Christians of Pyongyang, 1895-1942
Jerusalem of the East: The American Christians of Pyongyang, 1895-1942

North Korea, known for the totalitarian rule of Kim Il Sung’s family, once was the center of Christianity in Northeast Asia, its capital Pyongyang renowned as the “Jerusalem of the East.” This forgotten era has renewed relevance today as reports of underground Christianity come from North Korea and while the regime’s grip on society weakens.