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History, Language and Culture in Korea: An Update

AKSE, the Association of Korean Studies in Europe, marked its twentieth conference in London (4-8 April, 2001) with the publication of this multidisciplinary volume compiled by Youngsook Park and Jaehoon Yeon, writes SAJID RIZVI.

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“At the start of a new millennium, there is a growing awareness of the importance of Korean studies and an increasing number of scholars in this field worldwide,” wrote Youngsook Pak, Secretary, AKSE and then Chairman, Centre for Korean Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, in her preface to the volume.

A limited number of copies of this historically important volume are still available at SAFNET independent bookstore. The importance of this publication can be confirmed by a cursory look at the table of contents, summarised below, and an impressive list of contributors brought together in this compilation:
Section 1 • History • 13
Alexander V Solovyov • Biographies in Samguk Sagi. Literature vs History? • 15
Grace E Koh • History or Literature? A study on the subject genre of the Samguk yusa • 21
Hugh Kang • The historiography of the King Kwanggaet’o Stele • 28
Mi-Hee Jeon  • The local people’s status system and the Bone-Rank (kolp’um) system in the United Silla • 43
Song-mu LEE • On the family lineage and the School of Yi Yik (1681-1763 ), a Silhak Scholar  • 52
JaHyun Kim Haboush • ‘Dream Journey: Post-war literary discourse in 17th century Korea’ • 65
Victoria Pak • Kyuwon Sahwa as a source for the study of Korean history • 85
Jin-Mieung Li (Jin-Myong Yi) • The discovery of Korea by Western navigators from 1787 to 1859 and its consequences on the geographical names, ‘Sea of Japan’ for ‘East Sea’, ‘Liancourt Rocks’ for ‘Tok-do’ • 93
Anders Karlsson • Chônggamnok and the ideology of the Hong Kyôngnae Rebellion • 104
Michael Finch • A Korean view of Chosôn’s international position on the eve of the Sino-Japanese War in 1894: A study on Min Yông-hwan’s policy essay, Ch’ônilch’aek (One policy out of a thousand) • 116
Serguei O Kourbanov • Elements of bourgeois-democratic revolution in the 1919 independence movement in Korea • 123
Donald N Clark • Jim Hausman, Soldier of Freedom • 130

Section 2 • Religion • 155
JÖrg Plassen  • Denial and affirmation in Wônhyo’s exegesis • 157
Yannick Bruneton • Le traitement des moines nommés dans le Koryôsa • 169
Sem Vermeersch • The relation between Geomancy and Buddhism in Koryô: pibo sasang reconsidered • 186
Tonino Puggioni • A Koryô Court Lady in 14th century Yuan China—Empress Ki and her role in the promotion of Buddhism • 199
Tong-shin Nam • A study on the Buddhist Tendencies in the late Chosôn dynasty and the formation of ‘Sang-bôb-myol-ui-gyong’ • 216
Mark Setton • Is there a Post-Neo-Confucianism? Chông Yagyong, Itô Jinsai, and the unravelling of li-ch’i metaphysics • 226
Snjezana Zoric • The ecotopic thinking and intercultural turn in Korean philosophy • 239
Section 3 • Linguistics and Literature • 261
Jaemog Song • A comparative study of Korean and Mongolian conjugational suffixes • 263
L A Tyan • A comparative instrumental analysis of the phonetic characteristics of the vowels in the Yukchin dialect of Soviet Korean (Kore Mar) • 278
Ho-min Sohn • Evolvement of interactive sentence enders in Korean • 282
Joonseo Lim • Chosa saengnyak kwa kujo kisul (Particle deletion and syntactic description) • 295
Romuald Huszcza • Some typological aspects of the Korean predicative inflection • 312
Lyudmila Kim • Study of linguistic peculiarities of the Primorskii Krai toponyms in the Far East • 323
Hyang-keun Song • A method of teaching Korean through language learning in tandem • 329
Daehaeng Kim • On the relation of Tears and Laughter in Korean literature • 337
Yoon-shik Kim • An essay on T’ongil munhaksarul wihan shiron (Unified Literary History) • 343
Halina Ogarek-Czoj • Traumatic experiences of the Korean War and the Vietnam War as reflected in Ahn Jung-Hyo’s novels, ‘Silver Stallion’ and ‘White Badge’ • 350
Ji-moon Suh • A land covered with sores: Poets of the Korean War weeping over their fatherland • 360
Helga Picht • The trauma of Korean War, reflected in North and South Korean Literature (Comparison of Ri Ki-yong’s ‘Soil’ and Pak Kyong-ni’s ‘Market and War’) • 371

Section 4 • Anthropology and Modern Korea • 385
Antonetta Lucia Bruno: Variety of registers in KUT: The relationship of the formal and informal parts of ritual as seen in the use of language • 387
Eunsil Yim • La construction de l’identité des Coréens au Kazakhstan • 394
Yuri Nakagawa • The structural change of the jip in a Korean village • 400
Antti LeppÄnen • Neighbourhood businesses and the neighbourhood moral economy: Can the neighbourhood business afford to be moral, or can they afford to be capitalist? • 407
Sea Ling Cheng • Helping ‘Others’: Korean activists’ response to the trafficking of foreign ‘entertainers’ into US military camp towns in Korea • 416
Judith Cherry • The causes of the 1997 crisis: The Korean perspective • 426

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