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[The Korea Review]Q&A from The Korea Review 5편


1901 1월 서울미국인 헐버트는 한국에 관심을 가진 서양인들이 활발하게 소통할 수 있는 장을 마련하기 위하여 영문 잡지 『코리아 리뷰(The Korea Review)』를 창간하였습니다.

1901년부터 1906년까지 발행되어 세계 곳곳에 배포된 이 『코리아 리뷰(The Korea Review)』의 <질의응답>세션에는 그 당시 외국인들이 한국인들에게 품은 질문과 그에 대한 답변이 실려있는데요

그 당시 외국인들의 눈에는 한국인들의 어떤 점이 특이하고재미있게 비춰졌을까요?

자 그럼구한말 한국인에 대한 서양인들의 궁금증을 해결해준 Q&A from The Korea Review.
1901
 1월호에 실린 첫번째 이야기 들려드리겠습니다.



Q.  Can you give us a list of Korean weights and measures?

A. In the following list we give the Sinico-Korean terms and native terms as well. The latter are in brackets. The English equivalents are approximate only. This is by no means a complete tabulation but we invite further contributions to this important topic. We do not give the land measure here as it is such a large subject that it demands a separate article by itself.


Q. Why is it that dogs are not fed on the fifteenth day of the first moon?

A. The only answer that comes to hand is that the Koreans believe that by making the dogs fast on that day, they (the dogs) will be comparatively free from vermin during the coming summer. We must confess that the remedy does not commend itself by its results. We would propose that the dogs fast the whole of the first month. This would probably be fairly effective.


Q. When the Manchus conquered Korea the Koreans were wearing the same style of clothes and the same coiffure as the Chinese. How then did it happen that the Manchus did not compel the Koreans to adopt the queue as they did the Chinese?

A. History gives no specific answer to this question so far as we are aware. Korea was recognized to be a vassal to China, but it is evident that the Manchus perceived a very great difference between the two peoples. They never proposed to incorporate Korea into the home government as they did the whole of China. They left the king and court as they were and continued with Korea the relations formerly sustained by the Ming emperors. In spite of superficial resemblances they never thought of calling Korea a part of China.



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