[KS] Who was Mr. Tscho Mago? (Berlin 1911)
hoffmann at koreanstudies.com
Thu Sep 10 02:54:26 EDT 2015
Seems I would not have needed to send this question around the globe
for an answer. I could as well just have leaned out the window and yell
Peter Schroepfer, probably less than a mile away, replied in a personal
mail, suggesting that "Tscho Mago" might be Yi Kap 李甲. Thank you!
Here a bio of Yi:
In spit of being a close associate of An Ch'ang-ho, I did not think of
him as this is not one of his known pseudonyms. But yes, indeed, there
are various letters archived, and memoirs (e.g. of his son), and going
through them makes clear that it must have been him. He got seriously
sick a month or so before An Ch'ang-ho came to St. Petersburg. And the
date on that physician's letter then makes complete sense. He must have
been to Berlin (and went there again a few months later) for about two
weeks, being set up there by Kim Chung-se, the first Korean student in
Germany, and receiving medical treatment. Then, later, from St.
Petersburg he and Ch'oe Kwang sent various other Koreans one way or the
other related to the Sinminhoe or the cause of Korean independence to
Kim Chung-se in Berlin.
I am still very interested in who the first Korean student in Britain
would have been -- my other posting.
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