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hhund at fulbright.or.kr
Thu Aug 11 09:56:02 EDT 2005
Dear KS group
While I am delighted that Koreans, after many decades, are paying more and more attention to the foreigners' cemetery, it is true that sometimes the only thing worse than no attention is too much attention. Sometimes Korean cultural ideas of what is appropriate to the memory of people considered historically important cause a kind of grandiose monumentalism that is at odds with the basically simple Western concepts of burial embodied at Yanghwajin. I hope people involved in this project will keep such an atmosphere in mind.
Furthermore, I think it important to remember that for the last 100 years the Seoul Foreigners' Cemetery has been under the management of the Seoul Union Church, which meets on the grounds, and that Mapo-gu is very late on the scene (and this is the first I'd heard about Hongik). Even though the land belongs to the 100th Anniversary Committee of the Korean church, I hope that any group working on the cemetery will remember that the responsibility has been in other hands for many decades, and that those people should have a primary role in future decisions.
Horace H. Underwood
Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2005 02:10:46 -0700 (PDT)
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Subject: [KS] Photos of Yanghwajin Foreigners Cemetery and Foreigners
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Mapo-gu is in the process of cleaning and sprucing up
Yanghwajin foreigners' cemetery. There is talk of also
opening a permanent museum for artefacts and photos
related to the lives of foreigners in Korea over the
What I am helping to look for at the moment is any
photos showing the cemetery (either as the main focus
or in the background) pre-World War Two. Does anyone
have access to any, or know who might?
Also, to those who live in Korea, we are trying to get
an informal meeting once a month for any and all who
are interested in this project. In particular
long-termers and old-timers are welcome (and needed!)
because their input will help shape what this thing
There is still much to be decided, but a team from
Hongik University has already won the contract from
Mapo-gu, and some prominent people are involved (Dr
Donald Clark being one of them). So this is a
legitimate deal, and I hope it turns into something
that can be more than a tourist attraction, but
something actually of value historically.
Any and all replies are welcome.
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