[KS] The Romanization Discussion

Stefan Ewing sa_ewing at hotmail.com
Thu Jun 30 17:06:18 EDT 2005

Dear KS list members:

John McGuire asks a very good question.  Professor Lee gave some quite 
interesting anecdotes and observations regarding his own personal 
involvement in the development of both the 1984 and 2000 South Korean 
romanization systems, and I would have liked to see more comments from other 
participants, or more stories from Professor Lee.

In answer to John McGuire's question, the discussion just seems to have 
died, unless there's an off-list discussion going on to which I am not 
privy.  For my part, I decided to heed Gari Ledyard's last comment on the 
general topic of KS discussions of romanization, and hold back from holding 
forth any further on the subject.

I'm still trying to think of a new topic to stimulate discussion, but moving 
house and other personal matters have kept me occupied.

Stefan Ewing

>From: "John McGuire" <wiredsquiremcguire at hotmail.com>
>Reply-To: Korean Studies Discussion List <Koreanstudies at koreaweb.ws>
>To: Koreanstudies at koreaweb.ws
>Subject: [KS] The Romanization Discussion
>Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2005 03:06:38 +0000
>Up until June 19, I had been reading with some interest the discussion on 
>this list concerning the Romanization of the Korean language. The last 
>message that I received in that thread came from Prof. Lee Sang-Oak, who 
>suggested (if I understand him correctly) that the system was changed in 
>2000 partly because a Mr. Oh, in the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, "was 
>very eager to obtain some new achievement to be promoted." Given the costs 
>and trouble involved in changing a system of transliteration, it is 
>astonishing, if true, that the change would have been motivated, even in 
>part, by one man's career ambitions. What is more astonishing, however, is 
>the silence on this list following Prof. Lee's message. Did the discussion 
>really die or was it moved off of this list?
>John McGuire
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