Readings from Asia

Hyowon Lee (Sungkyunkwan University) and Cross-Currents co-editor Wen-hsin Yeh (University of California, Berkeley)—discuss, respectively, contemporary Japanese and Chinese commentaries on the Yŏnhaeng-nok (Ch. Yanxinglu, Journeys to Beijing), a collection of Chosŏn-era travelogues written by Korean envoys to China (specifically, Beijing). Lee examines the fresh method used by Fuma Susumu in Chōsen enkōshi to Chōsen tsūshinshi 朝鮮燕行使と朝鮮通信使 [Korean embassies to Beijing and Korean embassies to Japan], and Yeh reflects on Ge Zhaoguang’s Xiangxiang yiyu: Du Lichao Chaoxian hanwen Yanxing wenxian zhaji 葛兆光,想象异域:读李朝朝鲜韩文燕行文献札记 [Imagining a foreign place: Notes on Korean Yi-dynasty Beijing journals in classical Chinese].

The Problem of Studying East Asia from the Perspective of One Nation: A Critical Examination of Fuma Susumu’s "Chōsen enkōshi to Chōsen tsūshinshi"

by Hwoyon Lee, Sungkyunkwan University

Fuma Susumu 夫馬 進. Chōsen enkōshi to Chōsen tsūshinshi 朝鮮燕行使と朝鮮通信使 [Korean embassies to Beijing and Korean embassies to Japan]. Nagoya-shi: Nagoya Daigaku Shuppankai, 2015. 744 pp. ISBN: 978-4815808006.

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Comments on Ge Zhaoguang’s Reading of the "Yŏnhaeng-nok" (Journeys to Beijing)

by Wen-hsin Yeh, University of California, Berkeley

Ge Zhaoguang 葛兆光. Xiangxiang yiyu: Du Lichao Chaoxian hanwen Yanxing wenxian zhaji 葛兆光,想象异域:读李朝朝鲜韩文燕行文献札记 [Imagining a foreign place: Notes on Korean Yi-dynasty Beijing journals in classical Chinese]. Beijing: Zhonghua shuju, 2014. 302 pp., including three appendices and a reference bibliography. ISBN: 978-7101099430.

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