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Oct 22, 2015, KOR 60 WK 5 LEC 2 (THURS) KOREAN 60 MYSTERY OF BIRTH, SOCIAL STATUS, AND IMPORTANCE OF PATERNAL LINEAGE WHAT WAS THE ORIGINAL INSPIRATION for the most common quest for male heroes in Korean drama ? 1. Who is the Father? 2. Search for the long lost family? 3. Importance of Kamun ( Family Name) –Lineage is part of your identity, class and status 4. Historical background to the Korean diaspora- wars, invasions, migration, and permanent division of the peninsula left tens and thousands of orphans who lost everything and everyone Class Discrimination IS romanticized in novels, movies and television dramas Korean version of Robin Hood, Hong Kil-tong by Hokyun (1569-1618) Yi dynasty -polygamous society/concubinage o Children born of slave girls or other illegitimate affairs would be raised as members of the family. Usually legitimate children mistreated illegitimate children for various reason. These discriminatory Laws passed on sons of concubines ( Seoja) Descendents of mixed marriage barred from taking civil exams. Sufferings of seoja ( Illegitimate sons) – who lived in Yangban house- holds as neglected step-children ( Secret nature of patrilineage?)- Existential question of “Who AM I? ( Readings- cannot called his father, “father,” Hong Kil-tong escapes his home by learning magic, martial arts and
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  • Fall '15
  • Korean, ancestor worship, Hong Kil-tong

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