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Requested move[edit]

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The result of the move request was: not moved. (non-admin closure) Calidum Talk To Me 04:49, 7 June 2014 (UTC)[reply]

Syngman RheeI Seungman – We should change the argument name to I Seungman, because: His biggest achievement is that he was the first president of the South Korea. And there are used the Korean style notation which put family name first on many of South Koreans' arguments including both historical persons (e.g. Yi Sun-sin) and contemporary persons (see Category:Presidents of South Korea) Sure, he himself used the U.S. style notation which put family name later outside Korea. But, it is not enough reason to use the U.S. style notation. NiceDay (talk) 00:48, 31 May 2014 (UTC)[reply]

  • Strongly Oppose The move goes against virtually every single article titling convention. Firstly, concerning the order of his name, WP:NCKO holds that 'Unless the subject is known to prefer otherwise, family name should be written first,' and, as the requester pointed out, the subject preferred using his name in the American style. The current form is also the WP:COMMONNAME of the subject, as shown by virtually all of the English-language sources referenced in the article, including Encyclopædia Britannica and CNN. There's also no reason to change the Romanization of his name, as the two policies hold for this case as well. Being the first president of South Korea is really no reason to change the article title. KJ «Click Here» 01:59, 31 May 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  • Strong oppose clearly WP:UE this person has an English-form name, and uses it in English. We should therefore use English, not systematic romanized Korean, which is formulaic and dependent on the romanization standard used, instead of what is used in actuality. -- (talk) 05:50, 31 May 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  •  Comment: I think that it is cultural imperialism to denote South Koreans' name by U.S. style which writes family name back. This imperialism is conquered in many of Koreans' argument in en.wikipedia. So we should also conquere it in this argument. NiceDay (talk) 08:27, 1 June 2014 (UTC)[reply]
    • Maybe it is, but changing Wikipedia article titles is not the place to wage a battle against such imperialism if that is your calling. Go fight to have English-language sources change their common name for the subject and then change the title here. Until then, it's original research (the RR spelling of his name is basically absent from sources) barring a new guideline on the subject. —  AjaxSmack  08:51, 1 June 2014 (UTC)[reply]
    • Firstly, it's doubtful that using an English name of a subject (who actually preferred to use the English form of his name), in the English-version of Wikipedia, with clearly established English sources, is cultural imperialism. Secondly, even if that is somehow the case, it's hardly a viable argument to make the name change. Both Wikiproject Korea and general Wikipedia's policies are clear that the titling that should be used in this case is the present form. Unless the policies themselves are being changed, in which case this is the wrong place to do so, the name cannot possibly be changed. KJ «Click Here» 08:44, 1 June 2014 (UTC)[reply]
    • It is clearly not cultural imperialism to use the current name, since the person himself uses this spelling. Rather it is cultural imperialism to impose a spelling that the person himself does not use onto him. -- (talk) 04:52, 2 June 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  • Oppose this is just one of those exceptions to standard romanization systems, such as Tchaikovsky and Chiang Kai Shek In ictu oculi (talk) 03:43, 3 June 2014 (UTC)[reply]

The above discussion is preserved as an archive of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page or in a move review. No further edits should be made to this section.

The Signature[edit]

I think the signature is fake. First of all, it's in English. Second of all, it is pure black on a clear background. That may need fixing... — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:07, 27 May 2015 (UTC)[reply]

He was educated at Harvard (MA) and Princeton (PhD) so I assume he had no trouble writing in cursive script. As for the Korean name I think the Korean name should read "이승만" instead of "리승만". The Korean version of this page uses 이 instead of 리: https://ko.wikipedia.org/wiki/%EC%9D%B4%EC%8A%B9%EB%A7%8C — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:26, 18 April 2018 (UTC)[reply]

Rhee Syngman[edit]

It doesn't say anywhere in the article that his actual name is Rhee Syngman. Should it be added somewhere that his family name is "Rhee" and his given name is "Syngman"? Usually pages about persons from East Asia mention that to avoid confusion by Western readers. megamalx (talk) 06:04, 6 December 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Why is it usual to call him Syngman Rhee in English, and not Rhee Syngman? It is usual to call the former North Korean president Kim Il-sung, and not Il-sung Kim. Also in other East Asian countries it is usual to put the family name before the given name. --Oddeivind (talk) 23:30, 26 March 2016 (UTC)[reply]

@Malcolmmwa and Oddeivind:If see Template:Presidents of South Korea, only Syngman Rhee is written "Given name Family name". --ㅂㄱㅇ (talk) 07:08, 17 June 2016 (UTC)[reply]

Enough already, He wanted his name is western naming convention order. Given name first and last name last. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:37, 11 December 2016 (UTC)[reply]

The article (template) should not say at the top that Western name order is used, because it's not, it's only used for the topic of the article. (talk) 21:37, 21 October 2017 (UTC)[reply]

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No mention of the tens and hundreds of thousands he killed?[edit]

Under 350000 people were killed under rhee. Hong kuslauski (talk) 13:34, 26 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Quoting the article:
"Early on in his presidency, his government put down a communist uprising on Jeju Island, and the Mungyeong and Bodo League massacres were committed against suspected communist sympathisers, leaving at least 100,000 people dead." Nakonana (talk) 16:52, 27 April 2023 (UTC)[reply]

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I just watched this interesting Korean-language KBS documentary from 2008 [1] that had interviews of people who knew Rhee in Hawaii. The interviews themselves are mostly in English, you can flip around if you're interested. Multiple interviewees allege that Rhee was a bully in the Korean community, and that he polarized it by creating factions and demanding total loyalty from his followers. According to them, the polarization became so bad that violence was common. One interviewee alleges that Rhee ordered the assassination of her father.

We'd need to find RS about it if we want to include; I haven't looked it up (and probably won't for a while) but I wouldn't be surprised if sources existed. The person who conducted the interviews was a fluent English speaker and I think a historian. toobigtokale (talk) 23:03, 2 November 2023 (UTC)[reply]


Just created this article Syngman Rhee and Kim Ku. IMO, if you speak Korean, this biography is an essential piece of reading on Rhee. I think ideally Rhee's article should cite this biography much more. Imo Western writings on Rhee are often high-level or dated. This biography covers even minor anecdotes from the lives of both figures, and analyzes their writings, including personal letters and documents, in depth and chronologically. (talk) 06:05, 1 July 2024 (UTC)[reply]

As a side note, I think the sparsity of mentions of Kim Ku on Rhee's article is a sign that there is much missing from it. Much of Rhee and Kim's careers were begrudgingly intertwined, and both figures are giants in South Korean history. (talk) 06:27, 1 July 2024 (UTC)[reply]