The Korea Herald


Talk to explore Christianity, nationalism in colonial Korea

By Korea Herald

Published : Nov. 18, 2015 - 18:38

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The Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch will host a talk by University of Calgary history professor Fred Glover on Canadian missionaries in Korea and their relationship with Korean Christian nationalists in the early 20th century.

He will draw on the archives collated by Helen Fraser Macrae, particularly her audio recordings of interviews with Koreans who had lived and worked with Canadian missionaries during the first half of the 20th century.

The presentation will examine these recordings, what the Korean interviewees said about the missionaries, the experiences they had under Japanese colonialism, and what this says about the nexus between nationalism and Christianity in northeastern Korea between 1919 and 1945.

Particular attention will be paid to the Korean discussion of their participation in the March 1st Independence Movement of 1919 and the experiences they had during the 1930s until the end of the Pacific War.

The talk will be held from 7:30-9 p.m. at the second floor Residents’ Lounge in Somerset Palace. Admission is free for RASKB members and 7,000 won for nonmembers.