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Shujia and Korean Wave

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14.01.2019

By Bernard Rowan

The Korean wave is a lot older than we think. Recently, I've enjoyed several Chinese historical dramas, including the "Story of Yanxi Palace." With Ruyi's "Royal Love in the Palace," both discuss the storied and long-lived Emperor Qianlong. He presided over an expansion of Manchu influence during the Qing Dynasty. He also had many wives, consorts and concubines. Among them was Shujia or Jia.

Shujia originally was a mistress but rose through the household to become a noblewoman, concubine, consort, noble consort, and then imperial noble consort of the second rank. She gave Qianlong four sons. Three of them, Yongcheng or Luduan, Yongxuan and Yongxing, were princes. They were the emperor's fourth, eighth and 11th sons respectively.

Jia was born into an ethnically Korean family living in Manchuria and serving the emperor. References suggest she belonged to the Booi Aha of the Joseon Jin (Kim in Korean) clan. I hadn't known of "booi aha," but it refers to servants of Manchu leaders during the 17th........

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