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Welcome to Expacked (Issue #74)

June 3, 2010

While Wednesday’s Election results will not affect us much at all in the short-term, its interesting to see how much weight education policy plays in the election campaign.  Education takes up a considerable part of a parents income and you would be hard-pressed to find a banner without some election candidate poising with children.    Korean East Coast Beach

One of the stories of have included in today’s Expacked is a good write up about how the results could impact on education in Korea.

Help Needed: Was this Tteolijam once owned by the Korean Empress Myeongseong?

One of our readers emailed me to ask for your help.  Here is his email and a link to the pictures.  If you can help, Justin would appreciate any information you have:

My Great Uncle was a MSGT in the Air force. He travelled all around the world collecting all kinds of antiques, coins, stamps, books, etc. In the late 40’s he was in Seoul, Korea behind the old capital building exploring some ruins with his metal detector. While doing so, he unearthed a tteoljam; which has an ivory back with jade, coral, and a ruby stones in the hair piece. It was told to him by the locals that this was a great find because this particular tteoljam had gems in it, which only woman of royalty where known to wear them.

It was said that there is a good chance that it belonged to Empress Myeongseong or one of her relatives. There was an article in the paper documenting his find, but he never did find out if it did belong to the Empress.

I, myself, have pulled up articles online with pictures of Empress Myeongseong wearing what looks like the one my Uncle found. I do not know for sure though. but would like to find out.  Any info you might have would be greatly
appreciated.
Click here for the pictures.

Thank you for your time. Justin.

If you can help, click here to email Justin.

Here are the teaching related stories this week:

Feel free to comment on any of these stories and continue to share Expacked with your friends.  Enjoy the read and, of course, have a good laugh at this week’s jokes.

Cheers,

Ken

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