Incorrect details about Ewha, Pai Chai
I am writing in regard to the interesting article on Korea's modernization through English by Robert Neff which appeared in the page 4 of the May 31 edition. It is comprehensive and informative to all your readers.
However, I would like to point out two details which are incorrect, probably typos, but which should be corrected in the interest of fullest accuracy.
First, the photo of Mrs. Scranton, founder of Ewha Hakdang gives her name as Mary Finch Scranton. Her name was Mary Fletcher Benton Scranton.
Second, the article gives the date Aug. 3, 1885, when Henry G. Appenzeller founded a small school in Seoul with only two students. That also is likely a typographical error.
Rev. Appenzeller and his family arrived to live in Seoul on July 29, 1885, so he would not have been able to start his teaching only five days later.
The Pai Chai School which he founded officially opened in June 1886 (with court approval), but the record shows that at the end of 1885, Appenzeller began teaching English to two to three students (likely the two referred to in your article).
Sonia Reid Strawn
United Methodist missionary (retired)