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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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Spring Schedule of Author Appearances

As spring kicks into high gear, I will be speaking and appearing at a few upcoming events around town. First up, on May 24th at 7PM, I will be giving my presentation “‘Godzilla, Monster Movies, and Toho Studios” at the … 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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Dinner at the French Legation with Coq au Vin and Berlioz – Jin Lee, Part 3

Part 2 of Kyung-sook Shin’s historical novel, Jin Lee (신경숙의《리진》) has six chapters and runs for more than 200 pages. The structure of this section is quite a departure from Part 1. Each chapter has a letter from Collin de … Continue reading

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The Historical Roots of the “Flower Boys” – Flower Boy Ramen Shop

The next book we are going to discuss is Minyeong Lee’s romantic comedy Flower Boy Ramen Shop (이민영의 “꽃미남 라면가게”) from South Korea. The book is available in the original Korean here, and I am not aware of any English … Continue reading

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Hangjung Mallok – Part 5: The Memoir of 1805

The fourth and final memoir of Lady Hyegyǒng was written in 1805 and details the tragic decline and death of her husband, Prince Sado. She wrote it for her grandson Sunjo mainly because she was the last witness to the … Continue reading

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