Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ave, Gord!

Gord Sellar, an online acquaintance of mine, has alerted us to a reposting of a fascinating piece of cultural commentary he had written some years back titled "The Mudang's Dance." As a Westerner's overview of where Korea has been and where it's going, the article makes for fascinating and insightful reading. I recommend it.



Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Editors' Blurb:

"In a single generation, South Korea has matured from a poor backwater monarchy to a flashy economic powerhouse."


Jeffery Hodges

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Kevin Kim said...


Perhaps he's thinking of people like King Gojong and Queen Min.

gordsellar said...

I think it was just an editorial flub. (I missed it because I was ill when it launched; that bit of text at the top isn't mine, it's the editor's blurb that precedes it.)

It would be correct if one said "... a couple of generations" or maybe if one were to hedge and say that as a colony Korea were under Japanese monarchic rule. But yeah, Korea hasn't really been a monarchy since 1905.

In any case, I'm glad you liked the piece, Kevin. Thanks for your kind words, and thanks for pointing out the goofup, Hodges!