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Daein Kang, a Koreatown oral surgeon whose activism in his homeland put him front and center in efforts to forge a relationship between South and North Korea, has died. He was 66.

Kang was one of the first oral surgeons in Koreatown and went on to a life of activism in South Korea, where he founded medical centers, became a confidant of then-President Kim Dae-jung and pressed for improved human rights and normalized relations between the two Koreas.

Kang was born in Yeongam, South Ko

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