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Subject Profile: Sang-Chul Lee

Sang-Chul Lee

Reverend Sang-Chul Lee and his family were one of the first Korean immigrants to settle in Canada. They arrived in British Columbia in 1965 with plans to stay for three years. More than 30 years later, Rev. Lee admits Canada is now his home.

Rev. Lee was born in 1924 in Siberia. At age seven, his home became Manchuria. He uprooted himself again when he moved to South Korea and, against the wishes of his faithful Shaman parents, converted to Christianity.

When Rev. Lee helped his wife and three daughters get on the plane bound for Vancouver, he never thought he'd become the most prominent Korean in Canada. In 1988, the Very Reverend Dr. Sang-Chul Lee was elected as the 32nd Moderator of The United Church of Canada. Shortly after his term ended in August, 1990, he was appointed Chancellor of Victoria College at the University of Toronto.

Today, though Rev. Lee lives in a Toronto suburb with his family, he travels far and wide -- no longer as a wanderer but as a proud Canadian.


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