[KS] Irredentist songs and anti-beef protests? Also p'Urak'Usi

Dr. Edward D. Rockstein ed4linda at yahoo.com
Tue Jun 17 06:48:24 EDT 2008

More on this in Korean in the Naver on-line encyclopedic dictionary:

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--- On Mon, 6/16/08, Clark W Sorensen <sangok at u.washington.edu> wrote:

From: Clark W Sorensen <sangok at u.washington.edu>
Subject: Re: [KS] Irredentist songs and anti-beef protests? Also p'Urak'Usi
To: "Korean Studies Discussion List" <koreanstudies at koreaweb.ws>
Date: Monday, June 16, 2008, 1:43 PM


The term p'urakch'i comes from the Russian "fraksiya" which,
I think, has substantially the same meaning in Russian as it does in Korean. It
goes back at least to the period immediately after liberation, if not before.

Clark Sorensen

On Thu, 12 Jun 2008, Adam Bohnet wrote:

> I wonder if it is mistake to overstress the irredentist aspects of
Kwangya. It is a well established protest song, and participates in some
aspects of the NL tradition of the protest movement (which always includes some
irredentism.) A friend of mine suggested that the aspect of "one
Korea" (i.e. North and South Korea) was always the aspect of the song that
appealed more. But, as in any demonstration, different people participate for
different reasons. (The Communists in Italy always had the best sausages,
perhaps still do, which would have been a draw for me.).
Speaking of the demonstrations, I am curious about the origin of the
"p'Urak'Usi" to mean "agent provocateur." My
understanding is that, in German and other European languages, a
fraction is usually a radical cell within a party or a labour union (perhaps
I am wrong.) Is the use of p'Urak'Usi to mean agent provocateur a Korean
Sorry for my vague questions.

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