[KS] French colonialism & interest in Korea

Ronald Munro ronald_munro at yahoo.com.au
Thu Dec 4 18:17:17 EST 2014

Dear Br AnthonyI have just started to research a Korean/Dutch lady who was taken by her Dutch  father on a trade mission to Vietnam and " left" as a concubine to the Vietnamese king. Her father claimed to be a Deputy Governor of Taiwan. This occurred during the 17th Century. My interest was aroused by an article in the Arts of Asia. Unfortunately the only name I have is Orona. There was no reference to her Korean name in any other format and as this is not my area of study and only the result of interest, I was wondering if you might have come across any reference to her. Any help you might be able to give would be most appreciatedYours sincerely Dr Ron Munro   

     On Thursday, 4 December 2014, 14:11, Brother Anthony <ansonjae at sogang.ac.kr> wrote:

Regarding the possible links between Hong and Maurice Courant, Maurice Courant only arrived for the first time in Seoul coming from Beijing on May 23, 1890 to act as secretary to Victor Collin de Plancy. I do not know when Hong set out for France but according to Regamey he had spent 2 years in Japan immediately prior to that, and his decision to make the journey to France was directly influenced by a former Japanese minister, who gave him a letter of introduction to Clémenceau. Did he return to Seoul to get his passport? Perhaps, but probably only for a short time. 

One thing in this direction that I find curious is Regamey's comment that after Hong met Francois George Cogordan (whom he had seen when he was in Seoul on June 4 1886 to sign the treaty of friendship and trade) he was puzzled never to be able to see him again, because, "pour des raisons de hautes convenances politiques, la France devait ignorer complètement la Corée, les Coréens et tout ce qui les concernait" (for reason of high political considerations, France had to ignore completely Corea, Coreans and everything about them). What was going on there? Perhaps Hong was simply too junior and insignificant, and poor? 

Br Anthony

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