Korean Studies

Korean Studies
Volume 26, Number 2, 2002

CONTENTS

Articles

    Best, Jonathan W.
  • Buddhism and Polity in Early Sixth-Century Paekche
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    Subject Headings:
    • Buddhism and politics -- Korea -- History -- To 935.
    • Paekche (Kingdom) -- Civilization -- Buddhist influences.
    • Paekche (Kingdom) -- Civilization -- Chinese influences.
    Abstract:
      Using written and material evidence to criticize the Samguk sagi's relatively static depiction of Paekche's past, this study examines the importance of Buddhism in the early sixth-century political and cultural transformation of the kingdom, a subject that passes virtually unnoticed in Kim Pusik's early history of Korea. Prior to the end of the fifth century, court life in Paekche was similar in notable respects to that of contemporary Koguryo, which, in turn, was partly influenced by earlier Chinese forms. At this early time, Buddhism was acknowledged by Paekche's kings but neither held a prominent place in the court nor played a significant role in policies of state. This changed after the loss of the Han River valley to Koguryo in 475. Paekche's early sixth-century kings Muryong and Song evidently recognized that if the dynasty was to survive, a fundamental restructuring of the government and its policies had to occur. The court intensified diplomatic and cultural ties to China. Accordingly, not only did they intensify diplomatic and cultural ties to China, but further the example of the ardently Buddhist Liang emperor Wu Di evidently inspired these monarchs to enhance their patronage of Buddhism and to use the religion as a force to help centralize and strengthen royal authority.
    Vermeersch, Sem.
  • Representation of the Ruler in Buddhist Inscriptions of Early Koryo
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    Subject Headings:
    • Buddhism and politics -- Korea -- History -- Koryo period, 935-1392.
    • Taejo, King of Korea, 877-943.
    • Buddhism and state -- Korea -- History -- Koryo period, 935-1392.
    Abstract:
      This article traces the legacy of Buddhist kingship in the early Koryo period. T'aejo (r. 918-943), the founder of the Koryo dynasty (918-1392), was keen to follow in the footsteps of Silla kings and use Buddhist symbols of power. He also set great store on attracting eminent monks, granting them special favors and titles, and overseeing the construction of stelae inscriptions to commemorate them. These inscriptions also feature the king prominently and illuminate his relation to Buddhism. Although the king is not explicitly identified as a Buddhist ruler, the Buddhist dharma features as an integral element of kingship. In this universe, the worldly authority, personified by the king, always coexists with and depends on a spiritual counterpart, personified by the royal or state preceptor. One effect of this was that the authority of a ruler was never complete without a preceptor to validate and correct the royal power. Thus a great deal of ritual power was invested in these preceptors.
    Shin, Eun-kyung.
  • Taoism and East Asian Literary Theories: Chuang Tzuís Theory of Selflessness and the Poetics of Self-effacement
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    Subject Headings:
    • Zhuangzi -- Views on self.
    • Self (Philosophy) in literature.
    • Taoism in literature.
    • East Asian literature -- History and criticism.
    Abstract:
      This article examines several East Asian literary theories that emphasize self-effacement, self-abandonment, and self-surrender and explores Chuang Tzu's ideas of self-forgetting or selflessness as part of the philosophical background of the theories. Examples are drawn from the works of Ssu-K'ung T'u, Yi Kyu-bo, Yi I, Yi Sang-jong, Zeami, Matsuo Basho, and Wang Fu-chih.
    Silva, David J.
  • Western Attitudes toward the Korean Language: An Overview of Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Mission Literature
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    Subject Headings:
    • Europeans -- Attitudes.
    • Korean language -- Social aspects -- History.
    • Missions -- Educational work -- Korea -- History.
    Abstract:
      Descriptions of Korea's linguistic situation written by Westerners during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries not only reveal native and foreign attitudes toward the Korean language but also provide insight into language-focused evangelization tactics embraced by Christian missionaries. Upon their arrival in Korea during the 1800s, Westerners encountered a long-standing system of diglossia: socio-historical relations between China and Korea gave rise to the use of various Korean "lects" in which the degree of Chinese elements differed. Moreover, the nation's indigenous writing system, han'gul, was widely regarded by Koreans as culturally subordinate to Chinese script, an attitude that garnered much attention from Western observers. These sorts of language attitudes were further reinforced by Westerners' deterministic interpretations of Korea's linguistic situation; believing the Korean language to be linguistically defective, many Westerners concluded that the Korean people suffered from corresponding deficiencies of intellect, education, and morality. In a campaign to "educate" the Korean populace, Christian missionaries worked to raise the status of the native language and orthography as part of what would prove to be a highly effective evangelization strategy.
    Naoki, Inoue.
    Tamihiro, Yamauchi.
    Kaoru, Kawa.
    Lewis, James Bryant, tr.
    Robinson, Kenneth R., tr.
  • Korean History Studies in Japan: The 2001 Shigaku Zasshi Review of Historiography
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    Subject Headings:
    • Shigaku zasshi.
    • Korea -- Historiography.

Book Reviews

    Kim, Myosin.
  • Contemporary Directions: Korean Folk Music Engaging the Twentieth Century and Beyond (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Hesselink, Nathan, ed. Contemporary directions: Korean folk music engaging the twentieth century and beyond.
    • Folk music -- Korea -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
    Pettid, Michael J.
  • Everlasting Empire (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Yi, In-hwa, 1966- Everlasting empire.
    • Yu, Young-nan, tr.
    • Korea -- History -- 1864-1910 -- Fiction.
    Duus, Peter, 1933-
  • Korea Between Empires, 1895-1919 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Schmid, Andre. Korea between empires, 1895-1919.
    • Nationalism -- Korea -- History.
    Boose, Donald W.
  • War and Democracy: A Comparative Study of the Korean War and the Peloponnesian War (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • McCann, David R. (David Richard), 1944-, ed. War and democracy: a comparative study of the Korean War and the Peloponnesian War.
    • Strauss, Barry S., ed.
    • Korean War, 1950-1953.
    Boose, Donald W.
  • Hills of Sacrifice: The 5th RCT in Korea (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Slater, Michael P. Hills of sacrifice: the 5th RCT in Korea.
    • Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Regimental histories -- United States.
    Gole, Henry G., 1933-
  • A Foxhole View: Personal Accounts of Hawaii's Korean War Veterans (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Baldovi, Louis, ed. Foxhole view: personal accounts of Hawaii's Korean War veterans.
    • Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Regimental histories -- United States.
    Matray, James Irving, 1948-
  • Toward Normalizing U.S.-Korea Relations: In Due Course? (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Olsen, Edward A. Toward normalizing U.S.-Korea relations: in due course?
    • United States -- Foreign relations -- Korea.
    Patterson, Wayne, 1946-
  • Century of the Tiger: One Hundred Years of Korean Culture in America 1903-2003 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Foster, Jenny Ryun, ed. Century of the tiger: one hundred years of Korean culture in America 1903-2003.
    • Stewart, Frank, 1946-, ed.
    • Fenkl, Heinz Insu, 1960-, ed.
    • Koreans -- United States -- History.

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