[KS] Han Hwa-am?

jrpking jrpking at interchange.ubc.ca
Wed Nov 26 23:58:17 EST 2003

Dear colleagues: 

I am finally writing up the materials I have gathered over the past few years on the activities of G. V. Podstavin (1875-1924), Professor of Korean Language and Literature in Vladivostok from 1900-1922, and am hoping somebody on the list can help me out with a small problem related to the first Korean lector at the Vostochnyi Institut, Mr. Han Kilmyeng (all Korean forms here in Yale). 

When Podstavin recommended him for appointment as lector in 1900, he said, among other things: 

"Coming from the ancient noble family Khan [Han], famous in Korea for the education of its members, Khan Kil'men [Han Kilmyeng] from age 5 began to study Chinese writing under the guidance of his grandfather Khan Khoa-am [Han Hwa-am], the historical compilations of whom enjoy much popularity among educated Koreans. Upon finishing his elementary studies, at age 9, Khan Kil'men embarked upon the study of Chinese history, taught to him by his father Khan Chiui-gan [Han Chwikang?], who to this day has not ceased his literary studies . . . "

Can anybody identify for me this Han Hwa-am or his son Han Chwikang, who apparently were quite well known at the time? Other materials from Vladivostok emphasize that numerous of Han Kilmyeng's relatives held government posts. 

(Han Kilmyeng studied at the Hanseng Aehakkyyo/Seoul Russian Language School opened by the Korean government in 1896, and was Podstavin's consultant already throughout 1899 during Podstavin's first stay in Korea. His suicide in Vladivostok in 1908 in response to slander from pro-Japanese Koreans in town attracted much media attention in Russia). 

Any tips at all would be appreciated. 


Ross King
Associate Professor of Korean, University of British Columbia
Dean, Korean Language Village, Concordia Language Villages

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