Cynthia Jee Yoon is the eldest great granddaughter of Ryejeong Kim. Born and raised in Japan, Korea, and Canada, Cynthia is a Canadian of Korean ethnicity and currently resides in Singapore as the Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of a technology software startup. Having had an upbringing that crosses multiple continents, she never had as close a connection to her ancestral heritage and to Korea, having spent only 6 years there.
Having completed her studies with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Cynthia has always had a passion for learning the sociological explanations to the links between the society and the individual as well as the influence of social location, ethnicity, and gender on an individual. Throughout the pandemic, she was able to reflect and have the chance to learn more about her ancestors and read the original book published by her great uncle, Mr. Won-shik Woo. She knew then and there after reading the book that the story needs to be shared internationally with a global audience to not only learn of the history of Korea and the independence movement but also the moving life story of her ancestors. Since then, she has devoted her time to translating and restructuring the book to be able to share it with the world.