[KS] book announcement (Koreans in Central Europe: To Yu-ho, Han Hŭng-su, and Others)

Schirmer Andreas andreas.schirmer at univie.ac.at
Sat Nov 10 06:31:41 EST 2018

Dear Korean Studies List managers,
hopefully you can publish this book announcement (below) on your invaluable list.
Thank you & best wishes,
Andreas Schirmer

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce the publication of Koreans in Central Europe: To Yu-ho, Han Hŭng-su, and Others. After Frank Hoffmann’s Berlin Koreans and Pictured Koreans, this multi-authored book is the second of three volumes in the series Koreans and Central Europeans: Informal Contacts up to 1950. It is available in print and in eBook (PDF) format. The third volume, Central Europeans in Korea, multi-authored as well, is expected to be released early next year.

Andreas Schirmer (ed.), Koreans in Central Europe: To Yu-ho, Han Hŭng-su, and Others. Koreans and Central Europeans: Informal Contacts up to 1950, edited by Andreas Schirmer, vol. 2. Vienna: Praesens, 2018. (xi, 317 pages, 80 illustrations)

ISBN 978-3-7069-0980-8 (print)
ISBN 978-3-7069-2007-9 (eBook)

Koreans in Central Europe: To Yu-ho, Han Hŭng-su, and Others is a multi-perspective compendium of evidence about two Korean archaeologists who spent formative but also troubled years in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s. Decades before a Korean diaspora in Europe began to take shape, these two embodied unique facets of what can be called a Korean colonial modernity outside of the Japanese empire. Han Hŭng-su stayed on for three more years after the end of World War II, publicly heralding Korea’s liberation and regained independence, enthusing over the advent of communism in the North, and managing to record an impressive array of achievements. Vienna was most defining for them as scholars of history and ethnology, although To Yu-ho had started in Frankfurt, while Han Hŭng-su finished his PhD in Switzerland and ended up a resident of Prague. Back home — after assiduous efforts to gain a foothold in Europe — both opted for the North out of firm conviction for the communist cause, and this resulted in a rivalry. Ultimately, a very typical fate befell them both: purged in the North, shunned in the South, and practically forgotten in East and West alike. A side story to the main focus is provided by chapters on Alice Hyun and Wellington Chung, two figures with a tangential relation to Han Hŭng-su that developed into a strong but in the end fatal Czechoslovak connection. Carefully researched, spotlighting numerous previously neglected or undiscovered sources, and richly illustrated, this volume is devoted to the examination of testimonies, writings and “traces” of very distinctive individuals. Special attention is given to how they negotiated European representations of East Asia — challenges to their Korean nationalist, yet nuanced, stances of self-assertion.

Table of Contents:
Editor’s Note · ix–xi
Introduction · 1–10 (by Andreas SCHIRMER)
Glimpses of To Yu-ho’s Life in Europe and Korea · 13–32 (by LEE Chang-hyun)
A Korean Who Taught Japanese in 1930s Vienna: Do Cyong-ho (To Yu-ho) (Based on Finnish and Japanese Sources) · 33–44 (by OGAWA Yoshimi and Chikako SHIGEMORI BUČAR)
To Yu-ho in Vienna · 45–57 (by Andreas SCHIRMER)
Pioneering, Prolific, Purged: Aspects of To Yu-ho · 59–75 (by HONG Sŏn-p’yo)
Sound Recordings of Koreans in the Vienna Phonogrammarchiv: The Voices of To Yu-ho (1934) and Kim Kyŏng-han (1944) · 77–91 (by Christian LEWARTH)
Memories of To Yu-ho: A Personal Reminiscence · 92–93 (by Helga PICHT)
Notes from Moscow · 97–109 (by HAN Hŭng-su, transl. by Ekaterina POKHOLKOVA)
Han Hŭng-su in Vienna and Beyond: Puzzle Pieces of a Puzzling Life · 111–184 (by Andreas SCHIRMER)
Han Hŭng-su in German-Occupied Prague · 185–209 (by Zdenka KLÖSLOVÁ)
Han Hŭng-su Captured on Film · 210–211 (by Zdenka KLÖSLOVÁ and Andreas SCHIRMER)
Han Hŭng-su in Postwar Prague and His Return to Korea · 213–267 (by Zdenka KLÖSLOVÁ)
Bibliography of Han Hŭng-su: Published and Unpublished Books, Articles, and Translations · 269–286 (by Jaroslav OLŠA jr. and Andreas SCHIRMER)
Alice Hyun: Spy or Revolutionary? · 289–299 (by JUNG Byung Joon)
A Korean-American Physician Stranded and Despairing in the Czechoslovak Periphery: Dr. Wellington Chung · 301–313 (by Vladimír HLÁSNY)
Contributors · 315–317


Thank you for your attention!
Andreas Schirmer

Dr. Andreas Schirmer
Department of East Asian Studies
Palacky University Olomouc
(andreas.schirmer at upol.cz)
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