Korean National Debt Repayment Movement (국채보상운동): Newspapers from 1907, Google Translate, and Digital (mini)Histories
To close out (hopefully) this thread of posts concerning 국채보상운동을, I leave you with a few newspaper images from the period (roughly 1907) that chronicle the National Debt Repayment Movement (and refer to my oft-mentioned in-law 서상돈 a bit). To see where these images were taken from, click on the image to go directly to their site(s). There are previous posts here, here, and here that will provide some background to all of this.
On a side note, I am absolutely in love with digital media, digital libraries, digital archives, and anything digital involving putting old documents, images, maps, or any sort of media online for all to see and use. It has been an absolute pleasure working through a family’s history (my wife’s) armed with nothing but a name, a few family stories, a location (대구, Daegu), and a whole lot of perseverance. If a job existed where I could sustain myself doing this type of small-scale history, I would gladly do so. What amazing happiness this type of activity brings.
Incidentally, the above image was taken from this site, a treasure trove of old media about Korea at the turn of the 20th century.
The exact date of that the 국채보상운동 was launched, at least according to this document, was August 22, 1907. This puts it a few years before Korea was officially annexed as a colony of Japan (with the Japan-Korea Annexation Treaty, or한일병합조약, in 1910). One of the last grasps at some sort of nominal independence before colonization became official, although by any de facto standards by 1907 it had been for quite some time.
So, that is all and hopefully that will conclude all my wanderings armed with the tools of my trade: a laptop, a nimble browser, a dozen or so open tabs, Google Translate, image searches, and a picture of the man who started all the fuss. Digital history is an absolute joy so I encourage you all to dig deep, dig often, and let way lead on to hyperlinked way.