[KS] In Due Course
sperweractual at gmail.com
Thu Feb 25 09:01:36 EST 2016
This reminds me of the issue regarding the meaning of the term "good
offices" in the American-Korean Friendship Treaty. That term, though, had
a well-established customary meaning as a result of years of diplomatic
practice and precedent and thus a determinate significance as a matter of
international law. "In due course", by contrast was, as the drafting
history demonstrates, a new coinage. I doubt very much that the choice of
language was in any way influenced by considerations about how it might
play to Japanese ears; but it very certainly was affected by the divergent
positions of the allies regarding the post-war disposition of colonial
holdings - it seems like a bit of diplomatic palaver designed to avoid open
disagreement on a subject the language about which could have much wider
ramifications than for just Korea while leaving all the parties with
almost complete freedom of maneuver when the topic became more of a
priority than it was in 1943. In that sense, it was almost meaningless in
itself - nothing more than a temporizing formula. The real story is in the
details of the Allies' respective position on the subject of national
liberation generally, Korean national liberation specifically, the clash of
those positions in the context of all the facets of the postwar
"settlement" and, like Wilson's pronouncements in WW1, the (unintended)
galvanizing effect on subject peoples for whom the language became one of
the tools of their assertion of their own voice and role in the process.
"The purpose of today's training is to defeat yesterday's understanding."
On Thu, Feb 25, 2016 at 10:53 AM, Yong-Ho Choe <choeyh at hawaii.edu> wrote:
> Dear colleagues:
> The Cairo Declaration issued by Roosevelt, Chiang Kai-Shek, and Churhill
> in 1943 states: "The aforesaid three powers, mindful of the enslavement of
> the people of Korea, are determineds that in due course Korea shall become
> free and independent."
> My questions are:1) What does it really mean by "in due course"? 2)What
> would be the most appropriate Korean translation for the phrase?
> Does it mean "at an appropriate time (적당한 시기)," or "after proper
> procedure(적절한 절차를 밟은 후에)"? Or others?
> Thank you.
> Yong-ho Choe (최영호)
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