Korean (Hangul) Primer

Following on the tail of the previous entry (Classical Chinese [Hanmun] Primer), I wanted to share more from my adventures at the Joint Library of Humanities and Social Sciences (人文社會科學聯合圖書館) at Academia Sinica.

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These two images are from the Korean-language primer used in the colonial schools under the Japanese. What’s interesting here is the usage of Chinese (漢文, 한문, Hanmun) within the textbooks to guide the student,  noting differences between the form of the Hangul and the pronunciation.

This leads me to yet another interesting and often overlooked aspect of the Japanese colonial period in Korea: how was Korean taught? How was the writing system standardized? How and why was Chinese (漢文, 한문, Hanmun) used in the classroom and textbooks? Although I always end up with more questions then answers, that is part of the fun of academic work.

2 thoughts on “Korean (Hangul) Primer

  1. This is interesting. This would useful in learning Chinese characters and Korean — two birds with one stone. I would like to learn more about the role of Hangul in the Japanese Colonial Period as well. I imagine there are many Korean studies about this subject.

    • That’s what I am curious about too! I am hoping to improve my Korean so I can look into studies done on these texts (few as there are). Next time I am at the library I will try and get some more details to share with you, if you’re interested.

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