Passion to Learn After the War, Landing in America
Lee Accountancy Group representative, Lee Jong-hyeok (Industrial management, ’65)
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Hanyang University(HYU) is now in its 79th year of establishment. Throughout these years, countless students have graduated from our school and are shining in their own positions all over the world. Lee Jong-hyeok (Industrial management, ’65) is one of these students, working in America as the representative of Lee Accountancy Group. Last November, Lee made his first visit to HYU since 1965 to receive an honorary graduation certification.
An honorary graduation certificate and a development fund
After attending HYU as an architecture major for three years since 1958, he passed an exam by the ministry of Education to study abroad. He then voluntarily enlisted himself in the Marine Corps before moving to another country. He changed his major to industrial management after he was discharged from military service, and therefore graduated from HYU as a industrial management major. After almost 60 years, Lee received an honorary graduation certificate of an architecture major last November. As Lee received his honorary graduation certificate, he commented, “I only wandered around the alumni of architecture since I graduated with another major. Now I can proudly call myself an alumnus of architecture to my colleagues.”
Lee also made a 40 thousand dollar development fund contract for HYU. 10 thousand dollars is being planned to be donated every year, for four years. He had a special reason he decided to donate this money to HYU. “I received help from the school in various areas and was occasionally exempted from tuition fees. I was the very refugee who moved from Hamgyong province to South Korea immediately after Korea was emancipated from Japan. I therefore decided to donate this money, counting this fund as my tuition fee for four years,” explained Lee. He also conveyed his words that he wishes his money to be spent on students with willpower to pioneer their own path.
As a foreigner, as a pioneer
With peculiar interest to learn, he not only graduated HYU, but continued on his degrees in America. He has a bachelor’s degree in California Sonoma State University’s School of Business and Economics, a master’s degree in Golden Gate Graduate School Business Administration major and a doctor’s degree in Argosy University Graduate School Business Administration major. He had his reasons for his passion to study. “After I fled for refugee after liberation, I was left alone during the Korean war. I continued my studies alone, to be accepted as a member of the society,” reminisced Lee. He first entered HYU’s architecture department with hopes to set up Seoul again after the Korean war, which ended in 1953. However, after he was discharged from military service, he changed his major with his interest in industrial psychology.
Lee therefore continued on his studies in America, to study deeper into industrial psychology. In Sonoma State University School of Business and Economics, he had to study accounting in order to proceed on his major. Although it was then an unfamiliar field, he was captivated by the systematic and organized trait of accountancy. Afterwards, he received a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in California, and worked as an adjunct professor in various universities such as Armstrong State University, San Francisco State University and East Bay California State University. Lee also worked as an economic consultant in California State Government and Oakland, and is now the representative of Lee Accountancy Group.
The power of determination
Oakland led the Thanksgiving Day for the lower-income group and the homeless, with over 2 thousand volunteers each year. However, the state asked Lee to support this event, as various problems occurred when the state led this event. “Due to the lack of budget, I had to ask for help from various corporations, social organizations, my fellow compatriots and the Marine Corps back in Korea. A lot of people lent their hands and gave donations to us. The basketball team, the Golden State Warriors also participated as volunteers and helped us out,” explained Lee. Oakland, therefore, announced ‘The Day of Lee Jong-hyeok’ on the fifth of May, 2004, to thank his contribution to the state.
“Some might say it’s just a lifelong regret of my adolescence. However, I wanted to show that anything is possible once you try it, even in the white society. More frankly, I solely wanted to reach the goal I had set for myself,” answered Lee, to the question of his motivation to achieve such a variety of results. He emphasized the word ‘enthusiasm’ to all Hanyangians during his interview. Lee explained that it’s important to set one’s goal straight and to stick to them. He also emphasized to hold on to self-actualization with a distinct willpower to achieve their goal. “Live hard, love hard, learn hard, and share hard!”
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