We consider self education and discussion to be over and above the beliefs and opinions of any individual or group.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006



It's kind of latin. Kind of, in the sense that its roots are latin, but most latin speakers ancient or modern will not have heard the word. Someone who is an Adoxist is open minded.

Of course, members are most welcome to be of firm belief and opinion (just as they are allowed to be vague or wishy-washy). However, ultimately, an adoxist ought to consider self-education and open discussion as being over and above the beliefs and opinions (the 'dox', that which is established, a root found in words such as 'orthodox' or 'paradox') of any individual or group.


In reaction to recent inquiries such as that in the title of this page, we're having a go at describing the Adoxist Society. It began in December 2003, growing out of a reading group. That reading group itself no longer exists. However, reading groups are in the process of being created.

Now, the Adoxist Society can be described as a group of individuals in Daegu, mainly foreigners but we like to include Koreans as well, whose objectives are several-fold. Our main event is holding a monthly bookswap in downtown Daegu, at Seattle's Best Coffee Shop, the last Saturday of each month (except December, which is a different day). Hundreds of books are available for exchange on a one-for-one basis. Quality either of the book itself or its appearance is no object. So long as it is complete.

We have several objectives, which are mostly ideal rather than in practice at this stage. We're a literary and cultural society, a gathering point for readers, and also for writers; established and budding, English-speaking or otherwise. We aim also to be a suppository of information, an institutional memory of and provider of services and events for the foreign community. As if that isn't enough we hope to be a conduit between Korean and non-Korean members of the community, a way for English-speaking Koreans to get involved with the foreign community. Dialogue, as implied in the description above of the word 'adoxist', is important, as is meeting people, sometimes away from venues such the internet, as well as making connections with others.

We hope to be in a position to resurrect our newspaper The Update in order to accomodate part of these objectives, at some stage.

We are interested in books and finding out stuff. We have acquired a large collection of books through donation, which is ever expanding, and which has been recently arranged into a monthly book exchange. We have found that this is becoming a useful and increasingly popular service for internationals in Taegu; since their sojourn in Korea is not always a long one, and it spares them having to buy books and then face the issue of whether to lug them away as they move on.

The society is always in need of new people. The society is an association, with a board and with a constitution, and is looking into acquiring charitable status.


Groups (or chapters as they are properly called), in particular reading groups, are affiliated into the adoxist society and each one has a leader. Each group is numbered according to the chronological order of formation (but a group can always give itself a catchier name).

The group's leader communicates with the secretary of the society. The leader decides the rules and procedures of the group, or at least how the rules and procedures will be decided; that is, how democratic it is or isn't. So the leader has the final say. The leader (or somehow democratically the group) decides and passes onto the secretary information such as:

*The meeting dates and times
*Which books or which chapters of which books must be read for those dates
*Any consequences or, yes, punishments for failures to do so (fine punishments that is, nothing physical).
*Any 'door fees' which members or those in attendance will be required to pay.

The secretary arranges the publication of this information in our newspaper The Update (whose publication is currently suspended, but will be resurrected eventually) and on our site.

We can also put that info onto other, more widely accessed, websites such as Koreabridge. We could also make eye-catching "Advertising" messages and put them on these sites.


The Adoxist society has a board. The board meets occasionally to discuss and decide on things like ways for the society to raise funds, ways to spend it, general policy, and generally, cool or daft ideas we may have.

The board also elects new board members and appoints/creates the executive. Constitutionally, the society is not democratic; rather, it could be described as a self-selecting autocracy. This is largely because normally, everyone who expresses interest is invited to join, such numbers being quite small.

This kind of structure is necessary for any long-term possibility of building up things like assets, income flows, memberships, etc., and also for stability and succession.

The board currently has about eight members, about half of whom are ex-parte Daegu: some have even gone home for good!

Current Board: Robert D. Smith, Mark W.R. Seeley, Jason D. Newman, Benjamin Schwartz, Maebh Long, Darrell Monkman, Jackie Cameron.

The executive is as follows:

CHAIR, Bob Smith
TREASURER, Ben Schwartz
SECRETARY, Jason Newman
KEEPER AND AFFIXER OF THE SEAL, who performs that almighty act the title describes. Oddly, he is also responsible for acquisitioning (that is buying stuff) and is also responsible for publishing. Mark Seeley, the current incumbent, merged all of these responsibilities into one office. He lives in Canada now, so probably ought to be replaced!
MASTER OF THE KEYS, responsible for the society's property, including books. Knows where everything the society owns is or who holds it. This is necessary because we have no buildings so any stuff we have needs to be stowed somewhere, and somebody needs to know where, and how to get it. He is also responsible for the Society's library (which has sort of transmogrified into the book exchange). Jason Newman also hold this position.
EVENTS CO-ORDINATOR, Ben Schwartz again. We had some big schemes at one point, which is why this post was created, but they were taken over by another organisation which Ben is part of; the book swaps are our main event really, such as they are.
ASSOCIATE EVENTS CO-ORDINATOR, Helps the events co-ordinator. Currently Jason Newman. This is why Schwartz and Newman are the face of the book exchange.

When we devised the Adoxist society from the end of 2003 onward, we tooled it for expansion, hence all this specialisation. Over the past year, owing to a combination of busy-ness and laziness, contraction has been a feature. And the high rotation of foreigners doesn't help much. Oddly, given their enthusiasm for helping foreigners, it is hard to find Koreans who are willing to come on board. Of course, it is fair to say that we haven't been all that active in advertising ourselves or recruiting. Things are running low-key for the moment.

We have a website (or strictly speaking, a blogsite) where we can write up or link any interesting stuff we find or hear about. If you find or see or know anything, let us know!

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Blogger Humour and last laugh said...

Do you consider books in blogs to include in your club?

February 12, 2006 at 7:50 PM

Blogger The Adoxist Society said...


Absolutely no reason why not.

And we would love to make connections beyond Daegu.

March 26, 2006 at 9:19 PM


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