[KS] Percival Lowell
hoffmann at koreanstudies.com
Tue Apr 7 03:54:27 EDT 2015
A clarification question:
Robert Neff's 'disagreement' stirred me up.
Since I am more familiar with Lowell Library than Lowell himself, let
me ask you for clarification: Professor Pai stated in her mail that
Lowell visited Korea in 1882-83. Isn't that just a typo? I think it
must be 1883-84. Please see pages pages v of Lowell's _Chöson_ book, as
well as the footnote on page 165. Lowell refers to August 1883 -- and
he seems to have then stayed for two months, and to January 1884. That
"winter stay" was the winter 1883-84: "middle of December" (1883) ...
"I spent the winter".
Have cleared this up, we then do not talk anymore about the year 1882,
a year were indeed very few Westerners resided in Korea! Thus far I
agree with Robert Neff's disagreement. But I disagree to disagree when
it comes to 1883, a time when a plenty of foreigners had begun to work
in live in Korea. Please see again H.-A. Kneider's list -- as an
EXAMPLE for the germans alone (of course, there also were French and
Americans, possible others):
- from spring 1883: H. Classen -- for several years in Korea, first
working for the customs office, then for the German consulate
- from spring 1883: H.G. Arnous -- for any years in Korea, working for
various customs offices in Pusan and elsewhere; published a book (1893)
of Korean fairytales, legends, and customs
- from spring 1883: H.W. Laucht -- works for the Korean customs office
- from spring 1883: F.H. Mörsel -- works for the Korean customs
office, and in later years as harbormaster in Chemulp'o
- from spring 1883: F. Schulze -- works as harbormaster in Chemulp'o
QUOTE: "I fully agree that the spelling of names can be confusing."
Well, name variations are not confusing, once we know what period we
talk about. People just did not have that same kind of barcode
mentality of legality and correctness they have these days.
QUOTE: "Rosenbaum appears to have been Seigmond Rosenbaum and not
You must mean "Siegmund Rosenbaum (not SEIgmOnd). And since Rosenbaum
is a German Jewish name, likely also "Sigmund" as a variation (as in
Sigmund Freud). It is still possible that Joseph was a later official
name -- a typical case would be, and there are plenty such cases around
that time! -- that this person converted to protestantism, or if in
Austria then maybe Catholicism, and was thus given an additional
Christian first name. You can find out by searching the Ellis Island
Archive for his immigration records.
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