[KS] About Park Ryol
ansonjae at sogang.ac.kr
Tue Sep 12 21:58:22 EDT 2006
The replies received so far are very welcome. Regarding Kaneko Fumiko, there is a very interesting essay
online: Hélène Bowen Raddeker, “Resistance to Difference” (on Kaneko Fumiko) in Intersections, Issue 7,
2002, http://wwwsshe.murdoch.edu.au/intersections/ issue7/raddeker.html#n7 The online pages about the
recent KBS 'faction drama' devoted to her stress that the Japanese authorities still refuse to give access
to vital documents concerning her, and the mystery about the origin of that photo of the two anarchists
seemingly lounging sensuously at ease in prison has not been solved, either. I will get in touch with the
lecturer named on the Independence site.
I would really like to have a clearer picture of the events surrounding their arrest. On the one hand, they
seem to have been picked up like many Koreans and anarchists etc after the earthquake (those who had not
been lynched on the spot by raging mobs) and accused of causing the earthquake by their impure presence. On
the other hand (my main focus) before the earthquake they had been preparing a plot to blow up the Crown
Prince during his wedding, for which they had obtained explosives. That plot seems to have been reported to
the authorities and they were subsequently sentenced to death, I think, for that (why were they later
pardoned?). My real aim in this is to find a text (written after Korean Independence, obviously) in which
Park Yol/Ryeol says he told the Japanese prosecutors that the explosives had been obtained in Manchuria but
that really they had been brought from Shanghai by Choi Beom-sul (the Ven Hyodang). I will try to get a
copy of the <Sin Choson hyongmyongnon> in case it has something . . .
Onward . . .
Sogang University, Seoul
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