[KS] Question

Frank Hoffmann hoffmann at fas.harvard.edu
Fri Jan 10 14:11:30 EST 2003

>I am seeking list members's help to answer the following question. 
>This was posted at "Ask an East Asian Librarian", 

Hmm .... seems librarians know how to create trouble for themselves 
just as good as anyone else -);
How much do we get paid when answering for you?  Can we auction off 
the best answers?

That story sounds like adopted from the stories about the Japanese 
colonial government, only that "the Japanese" has been replaced with 
"the North Koreans." Well published about in English and Korean (see 
Hyung Il Pai, Chungmo Choi, et al).

Happy New Year!


>  a virtual reference desk site maintained by the Council on East 
>Asian Libaries (an affiliated body of the Association for Asian 
>"I have heard that the North Koreans drove long metal rods into the 
>ground during the Korean Conflict. The South Koreans had to remove 
>these after the war. The purpose was to disrupt the natural energy 
>flow within the country (most probably a concept based in their 
>religion or ancient teachings). Can you give me any information or 
>suggest a research source on this?"
>Any of you heard this too?  I'd appreciate any info you may have to 
>offer.  Thank you in advance!  
>Joy Kim
>Korean Heritage Library 
>University of Southern California
>University Park
>Los Angeles, CA 90089-0154
>Tel: 213-740-2329
>Fax: 213-740-7437

Frank Hoffmann
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