This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Ross King. They speak about the life of James Scarth Gale, the significance of Gale’s translation work and how it fit-in with his missionary duties, the libraries of Korean literature that he amassed, how he saw the changing face of Korea and Korean literature, Gale’s legacy today both inside and outside of Korea, and importantly the extraordinary research that Ross has done tracking down Gale’s lost archives.
Ross King is a Professor of Korean language and literature at the University of British Columbia. He completed his B.A. in Linguistics at Yale and his doctorate in Linguistics (Korean) at Harvard. Ross taught Korean language and linguistics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, from 1990 to 1994, before accepting his current position. Ross's research interests range from Korean historical grammar, dialectology and pedagogy to the language, culture and history of the ethnic Korean minority in the former Soviet Union. He was also the founding Dean of the Korean Language Village at Concordia Language Villages, from 1999-2013, a Korean language and culture summer immersion program for young people ages 7 to 18 that is based in northern Minnesota.