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Koihime Musou Girls and Famous Koreans - REBOOTED, Part III: Lu Xun and First Lady Yook Young-soo (1920-1974), Last Part (후편) - Lee Ae-joo's Testimonial about the Assassination of First Lady Yook Young-soo

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In August 24th 2011, a reporter from Korea JoongAng Daily, Choi Sang-yeon/최상연 has interviewed Lee Ae-joo/이애주, a representative of Saenuri Party about the darkest moments of Yook Young-soo's assassination that made by Moon Se-kwang a.k.a. Nanjou Seikou in 29th Anniversary of Gwangbokjeol (1974).
When Yook was killed in a botched assassination attempt on the late president on the August 15th Liberation Day in 1974, she was hurriedly rushed to the hospital in Wonnam-dong, Seoul Jongno-gu, with her husband. At the time, Lee was a nurse at the hospital and assisted doctors as they tried in vain to resuscitate the slain first lady. 
Lee still vividly remembers the first lady’s death.
In an interview with the JoongAng Ilbo, Lee recalled Yook’s arrival at the hospital just nine minutes after she was shot in the head by assassin Moon Se-gwang at 10:23 a.m. Yook’s brain surgery began at 11 a.m. and lasted for over five hours. 
Lee was the head nurse in the VIP ward of Seoul National University …

Koihime Musou Girls and Famous Koreans - REBOOTED, Part III: Lu Xun and First Lady Yook Young-soo (1920-1974), Second Part (중편) - Her Assassination during Black Gwangbokjeol 1974

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At 10:23 a.m, 15th August 1974 - 29th Anniversary of Gwangbokjeol, Yook Young-soo was shot and killed by Moon Se-gwang (Japanese name: Nanjou Seikou), a North Korean sympathizer Zainichi Korean, during an attempt by Mun to assassinate President Park Chung-hee. It was occurred in the National Theatre of Korea at 59 Jangchungdan Avenue/Jangchungdanno, Jangchung-dong 2-ga 14-67 beonji, Seoul Jung-gu.
The assassination occurred at the Seoul National Theatre of Korea during an Independence Day ceremony. Moon intended to shoot Park in the theatre lobby. However, his view was obstructed, and he was forced to enter and be seated near the back of the theatre. During Park's address, he attempted to get closer to the President but inadvertently fired his Smith & Wesson .38 revolver prematurely, injuring himself. Having alerted security, he then ran down the theatre aisle firing wildly. His second bullet hit the left side of the podium from which Park was delivering his speech. This third …

Koihime Musou Girls and Famous Koreans - REBOOTED, Part III: Lu Xun and First Lady Yook Young-soo (1920-1974), First Part (전편) - Mother of President Park Geun-hye and wife of President Park Chung-hee

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Yook Young-soo (Hangul/Hanja: 육영수/陸英修) was born as the second daughter of Yook Jong-gwan (Hangul/Hanja: 육종관/陸鍾寬) and Lee Kyeong-nyeong (Hangul/Hanja: 이경령/李慶齡) at 119 Hyangsu Drive/Hyangsu-gil, Gyodong-ri 313-beonji, Okcheon-eup, Okcheon County, Northern Chungcheong Province on November 29th 1920. She is coming from Okcheon Yook Clan which is originated at her birthplace. She has an elder sister, a brother and a younger sister: Yook In-soon (Hangul/Hanja: 육인순/陸寅順; 1914-1972), Yook In-soo (Hangul/Hanja: 육인수/陸寅修; 1919-2001) and Yook Ye-soo (Hangul/Hanja: 육예수/陸禮修; Born: May 1929).
She was raised as a modern woman with traditional virtues and especially committed herself to the welfare of poor people throughout her life. In August 1950, she met Park Chung-hee through a relative who was serving under Park. On 12 December 1950 she married Park Chung-hee. While her mother supported her choice of husband, Yook's father, Yook Jong-gwan was against the match, so she married without his blessi…

Koihime Musou Girls and Related Korean Clans, Part III: Heo (허/許)

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Heo (허/許), romanized as Huh, Hur and  is a Noble Korean Surname which means 'permit or advocate' in Sino-Korean Language, similar to Chinese Pinyin Xǔ. The surname Xǔ has multiple theories regarding its origin. The most credible one states that the surname Xǔ originated from the feudal state of Xǔ in the area of Xuchang in present day Henan Province, PROC, during the Zhou Dynasty.
A different theory states that the surname originated with the fabled Xǔ You, a sage in the time of the fabled Emperor Yao, not to be confused with the later another Xǔ You who was a military strategist of the warlord Yuan Shao during the late Han Dynasty period. Xǔ You's descendants carried on the surname of their famed ancestor, thereby establishing Xǔ as a surname. Later on in the history of ancient China, it became popular among scholars of the time to postulate that Xǔ You must have been the ancestor of that feudal lord whose surname was Xǔ.
The posterities with state as surname called Xǔ, w…

Koihime Musou Girls and Related Korean Clans, Part II: Seo (서/徐) - Korean Political Powerhouse since the Foundation of Baekje Kingdom

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Seo (서/徐) sometimes romanized Suh or Sŏ is a Noble Korean Surname which means 'dignified and calm', similar to Chinese Pinyin Xú. The First Seo clan formed in Korean Peninsula is the Buyeo Seo Clan which is the former Royal House of Baekje Kingdom (formerly using the surname of 'Buyeo'). Baekje is one of the Korean Three Kingdoms; ruled in West and Southwest of Korean Peninsula from 18BCE to 660CE. This clan was founded by Buyeo Yung (later Seo Yung), Third Prince of King Uija, the Last King of Baekje who apparently become the 32nd Ruler of Baekje if they not lose against Silla during the Battle of Hwangsanbeol. It is followed with Icheon Seo Clan, founded by Seo Shin-il (서신일/徐神逸) during Turbulent Later Three KingdomsPeriod and Dalseong Seo Clan, founded by Seo Jin (서진/徐晉), Lord of Dalseong (달성군/達城君), in addition withDaegu Metropole Seo Clan, founded by Seo Han (서한/徐閈) during Goryeo Dynasty Timeline.

Since its beginning, the clan was held in high regard for its economic…

Koihime Musou Girls and Related Korean Clans, Part I: Yi (이/李) - The Second Largest Korean Clan after Kim Clan

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Yi (이 in South Korean Format or 리 in North Korean Format/李), romanized as Lee, Rhie, Rhee or Ri is common Korean Surname which means 'plum tree' in Sino-Korean Language, similar to Li in Chinese. It is also one of the most common surnames in the world, shared by 93 million people in China, and more than 100 million worldwide. It is the fourth name listed in the Song dynasty classic text Hundred Family Surnames. As the surname of the emperors of the Tang dynasty, Li was bestowed upon or adopted by numerous people, including many foreigners, during the period, and became one of the most common Chinese surnames. Yi is one of the Korean Surnames which followed Korean Beginning Sound Rule System a.k.a Du-eum Beopchik (두음 법칙/頭音法則).
As with all Korean family names, the holders of the Yi surname are divided into different patrilineal clans, or lineages, known in Korean as bon-gwan, based on their ancestral seat. Most such clans trace their lineage back to a specific founder. This syste…

Koihime Musou Girls and Famous Koreans - REBOOTED, Part II: Li Dian and Sir Ori Yi Won-ik (1547-1634) - The Shortest Prime Minister of Joseon Dynasty who lived in Frugal Life

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Yi Won-ik (Hangul/Hanja: 이원익 [ROK Format] or 리원익 [DPRK Format]/李元翼; Born: December 5th 1547 in Soha-ri, Seo-myeon Commune, Geumcheon Prefecture, Gyeonggi Province [present-day Soha-dong,Gwangmyeong City, Gyeonggi Province] - Died: February 26th 1634 in Seoul-Hanseong), whose pen name was Ori (Hangul/Hanja: 오리/梧里) is the son of Prince Hamcheon Yi Eok-jae (함천군 이억재/咸川君 李億載). He is a member of Jeonju Yi Clan which is the Royal Family of Joseon Dynasty. That means, Yi Won-ik's great-grandfather was Prince Ingnyeong Yi Chi (익녕군 이치/益寧君 李袳), the son of King Taejong Yi Bang-won, third King of Joseon Dynasty (Reigned: 1400-1418) and Royal Concubine Seonbin of Sunheung Ahn Clan.  
He entered Donghak (one of four academies in Seoul) at the age of 15. He passed a samasi (civil officer qualification examination) in 1463 (19th year of King Myeongjong's reign), passed a byeolsimungwabyeonggwa (final stage of the highest-level state exam for civil officer) in 1569 (2nd year of King Seonjo's…

Koihime Musou Girls and Korean Clans which are NOT SAFE to PRONOUNCE, Part I: AHN! (안/安)

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Fewer than 300 (approximately 280) Korean family names are currently in use, and the three most common (Kim, Lee, and Park) account for nearly half of the population. For various reasons, there is a growth in the number of Korean surnames. Each family name is divided into one or more clans (bon-gwan), identifying the clan's city of origin. That means, people from the same clan are considered to be of same blood, such that marriage of a man and a woman of same surname and bon-gwan is considered a strong taboo, regardless of how distant the actual lineages may be, even to the present day.
However, there is a handful of Korean Surnames which is not safe to pronounce due to English-Translated H-Manga and H-Doujins. There are nine Korean Surnames which are included in those H-Manga but only two surnames which are correspond to Koihime Musou girls such as No and Ha. In this article, we will talk about one of the most prolific Korean Surname which is popped every time in English Translate…

Koihime Musou Girls and Famous Koreans - REBOOTED, Part I: Li Dian, Kazuto Hongo and AHN Sung-ki (NSFW alert!)

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Most of Koihime Musou girls are sharing the same surname with Koreans but in particular way, there is a girl who share the same given name in Hangul or not related at all. In this Rebooted version of Koihime Musou Girls and Famous Koreans, we will talk about a famous and versatile Korean veteran actor with unusual name... or even extraordinary and outrageous
First Lieutenant Ahn Sung-ki (Hangul/Hanja/Romanization: 안성기/安聖基/Ahn Seong-gi; born January 1st 1952 in Daegu Metropole) is a South Korean actor and military personnel in the Republic of Korea Army. He was born on January 1st 1952 in Daegu during Korean War (1950-1953). On that time, Ahn's family flee to Daegu from Seoul because North Korean Forces invaded South Korea's capital city. He is a member of Sunheung Ahn Clan (순흥안씨/順興安氏), a clan which is originated from the commune of Sunheung-myeon, Yeongju City, Northern Gyeongsang Province. As a devout Roman Catholic, he received his baptismal name 'John' (Kor: 사도요한).

Introduction to Korean Names

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A Korean name consists of a family name followed by a given name, as used by the Korean people in both South Korea and North Korea. In the Korean language, ireum or seong-myeong usually refers to the family name (seong) and given name (ireum in a narrow sense) together.
Traditional Korean names typically consist of only one syllable. There is no middle name in the English language sense. Many Koreans have their given names made of a generational name syllable and an individually distinct syllable, while this practice is declining in the younger generations. The generational name syllable is shared by siblings in North Korea, and by all members of the same generation of an extended family in South Korea. Married men and women usually keep their full personal names, and children inherit the father's family name. The family names are subdivided into bon-gwan (clans), i.e. extended families which originate in the lineage system used in previous historical periods. Each clan is identifi…