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Philip Cuddy

Korean American Historian

Philip "Flip" Cuddy is a third generation, half Irish/Korean American historian. He is the son of Susan Ahn and Francis Cuddy, both US Navy veterans and National Security Agency agents, and the grandson of patriot and social reformer Dosan Ahn Chang Ho and Yi Hye Ryon, the second female Korean immigrant to the US. Dosan Ahn Chang Ho and Yi Hye Ryon were also the first married couple to immigrate to the US from Korea in 1902. Flip holds degrees in Anthropology and Geography (Hydrology Snow Sciences) from UC Santa Barbara, and served as a researcher with the University of Hawaii Bio-med lab from 2007 to 2012. He has continuously researched Korean and Korean American history since 1984. Flip has served as a speaker at numerous US and Korean universities, KAC, KYCC, KW Lee Center for Leadership, KASCON and numerous Korean American Student Intern and Leadership programs. He worked for the South Korean Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs from 1984 to 1987 and from 1995 to 1997. He also participated in the National Conference of Korean American Leaders (1994-95), Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Institute, and served as a Community Advisor to Congresswoman Diane Watson. He was Operations Director for Seagram's (2000-02), Executive Director of the Eddie Aikau Foundation Hawaii (2004-07), and Executive Director of the Korean American Museum (1993-95). Flip is also an avid surfer and served as the Surfing Pro/Am contest producer and competition judge from 1991 to 2005. He is also a construction company Supervisor and commercial fisherman.