[KS] Joseon-era official terms

James B. Lewis jay.lewis at orinst.ox.ac.uk
Thu Dec 30 08:13:43 EST 2010

The Academy of Korean Studies has been devoting considerable resources 
to the expansion of an online glossary.


Their interest goes back to two published glossaries under the direction 
of Song Ki-joong.

Like any online database, this glossary has problems and limitations, 
but it also has the potential to provide us with easily accessible, 
standard, English translations of offices and titles. If we treat it as 
a wiki, we can help to produce an online Korean version of Hucker's 
magnificent dictionary and obviate the need to infer from Hucker and/or 
proliferate idiosyncratic translations. I'm afraid that I don't know the 
editors, but if we all begin to use it and identify mistakes or can 
provide alternative translations and send those to their web editor with 
the suggestion to establish feedback/comment pages, then we can build 
ourselves quite a useful resource.

The first two of the terms mentioned below appear there, but the third 
does not.

JB Lewis
On 30-Dec-10 12:07 PM, DeberniereTorrey wrote:
> Dear Members:
> I'm trying to determine the English for the terms listed below. Charles
> Hucker's Dictionary of Official Titles in Imperial China gives some, but
> not all, and I'm also wondering if the translations would be different
> for the Korean context. I'm also listing my tentative translations. If
> they are incorrect, or if you know of better alternatives, please
> respond. Many thanks in advance.
> Deberniere Torrey
> 공조판서 gong jo pan seo (工曹判書): Minister of the Works Section
> 의금부 ui geum bu (義禁府): Justice and Prohibition Office (or Bureau)
> (For this one, I've also seen Royal Prohibition Bureau; State Tribunal;
> and Royal Inspector's Office.)
> 포도부/ 포도부장 po do bu / po do bu jang (捕盜部/ 捕盜部將) Office for
> the Arrest of Bandits / Commander for the Arrest of Bandits. (This is
> what Hucker gives.)

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