[KS] Han Hwa-am?

Dr.Fendler Karoly kfendler at axelero.hu
Thu Nov 27 14:04:35 EST 2003

Dear Professor King,

Maybe you can ask Dr.Igor Tolstokulakov  (aihavlad at online.vladivostok)
head of the Korean Department of the Far East University and Professor
Bronya Coj (urovni at mail.ru).
Best, Karoly Fendler
----- Original Message -----
From: jrpking <jrpking at interchange.ubc.ca>
To: <koreanstudies at koreaweb.ws>
Sent: Thursday, November 27, 2003 7:58 AM
Subject: [KS] Han Hwa-am?

> 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.
> Cheers,
> ---
> Ross King
> Associate Professor of Korean, University of British Columbia
> and
> Dean, Korean Language Village, Concordia Language Villages

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