[KS] French colonialism & interest in Korea

Henny Savenije webmaster at henny-savenije.pe.kr
Thu Dec 4 22:45:46 EST 2014

I might be of help if you know the name of the Dutch father.

At 08:17 AM 05.12.14 Friday, you wrote:
>Dear Br Anthony
>I 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 appreciated
>Yours 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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