Even after the Korean Declaration of Independence, Ahn Chang-Ho continued his efforts in the United States on behalf of his homeland. Ahn wanted to establish an ideal village for wandering Korean refugees in Manchuria and visited them in the 1920s. In 1922, he headed a historical commission to compile all materials related to Korea, especially the facts concerning the Japanese occupation.
After a bombing incident launched by Yun Pong-gil, Ahn Chang-Ho was arrested by the Japanese, though he was not involved in the incident. His 23-year-long fight for national independence abroad ended with his imprisonment in Taejon in 1932. After a brief release from the prison, he was arrested again by the Japanese police. With failing health, he left the prison on bail only to die in a Seoul hospital on March 10, 1938.
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Philip Ahn "Master Kan" (1905 - 1978)
Philip Ahn was born in Los Angeles, California on March 29, 1905, the son of Ahn Chang-Ho. In an acting career spanning four decades, he became one of the best known Asian-American character actors in Hollywood films and on television. In the 1970s, Ahn was the wise Master Kan, leader of the Shaolin Temple in the ABC TV series, "Kung Fu." He played the part of the monk who held the rock out for Kwai Chang Caine (played by David Carradine) to grab from his palm and graduate from the Shaolin training. "Grasshopper, as soon as you are able to grab the rock from my hand you may leave the temple ..." is probably the best-remembered line from this era of his career. Philip Ahn died in Los Angeles on February 28, 1978, from complications following surgery for lung cancer.