Category Archives: Korea

New Korean Language Guide Available for Purchase

Finally, I finished my new project, my first non-fiction language book, Lady Xiansa’s Guide to Beginning Korean, which is now available in paperback on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Lady-Xiansas-Guide-Beginning-Korean/dp/1542522234/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1496408800&sr=8-1&keywords=lady+xiansa%27s+guide+to+beginning+korean   I could have named it just Beginning Korean or something equally utilitarian, but … Continue reading

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The Search for Hidden Heretics in the Joseon Royal Court – Martyr’s Country, Part 8

I am covering more of volume 3 from the 4 volume series of Dowon Park’s Martyr’s Country (박도원의 ”순교자의 나라”)  this time, and this will be the last installment of the series after all.   Chapter 3 continues with Inspector Kyechang … Continue reading

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The Police Bureau Officer and the Buddhist Mourners – Martyr’s Country, Part 7

This post I’m reading more of volume 3 of Dowon Park’s Martyr’s Country (박도원의 ”순교자의 나라”)  and continuing to add some extra information from the manga that covers the life of Jeong Hasang among other figures. Chapter 4 of part … Continue reading

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A Yangban Scoundrel Meets a Beautiful Catechist – Martyr’s Country, Part 6

We’re starting volume 3 of Dowon Park’s Martyr’s Country (박도원의 ”순교자의 나라”)  this time, and we have a new fictional character that becomes the center of the action right away.   The year is 1839 now, the gihae year of the … Continue reading

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The Cruel End of the Sinyu Persecution and a Quiet Interlude – Martyr’s Country, Part 5

In this post, I promise I’m going to finish up volume 2 of Dowon Park’s Martyr’s Country (박도원의 ”순교자의 나라”) for real this time.  I keep saying that and then find it really interesting and dramatic, and it takes me … Continue reading

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Waiting for the New Age: The Wave of Bloody Executions Begins – Martyr’s Country, Part 4

In this post, I’m continuing to look at volume 2 of Dowon Park’s Martyr’s Country (박도원의”순교자의 나라”).  In part 1 chapter 6, the story continues with Kang Wansuk being taken to jail.  Hong Pilju is there to see her, and … Continue reading

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A Silk Letter Written in Blood – Martyr’s Country, Part 3

Moving from volume 1 to volume 2 Dowon Park’s Martyr’s Country (박도원의”순교자의 나라”), chapter 2 of part 3 in volume 1 kicks off with a few shady characters among the gamblers at a gambling house.  One is Yi Anjeong, a … Continue reading

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The Raging Wind Sparks a Fire – Martyr’s Country, Part 2

For post 2, I’m continuing my look at volume 1 of Dowon Park’s Martyr’s Country (박도원의 “순교자의 나라”).  The story picks up with Yeongin and Kapnyeong returning to Kang Wansuk’s house to visit  Jeong Yakjong.  Kapnyeong is grateful to meet … Continue reading

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A Scandal Arises When a Wayward Slave Seduces a Young Widow – Martyr’s Country, Part 1

For this year’s first foreign language selection, I have decided on Dowon Park’s Martyr’s Country (박도원의”순교자의 나라”), which is a four volume historical epic from 2007, probably about a thousand pages total.  We’ll see how far I can get through … Continue reading

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Introducing the New Online Korean Studies Certification Program

As we begin a new year, I have a new project that I’m launching that I hope you’ll find as exciting as I do.  I was thinking about my knowledge base and how I can expand my reach with that … Continue reading

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