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Integration Processes in the Circulation of Knowledge

Cases from Korea

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Marion Eggert and Florian Pölking

Korea, geographically situated at cultural crossroads, has a long history of creative engagement with knowledge from outside sources. This volume discusses processes of knowledge integration – of interpretive adaptation, dissection, selection and re-assemblage, of reduction and amplification, as well as of blending with existing cognitive structures – in pre-modern and early modern times. The articles assembled deal with a wide range of sources (including material objects as carriers of knowledge) and with diverse fields of knowledge, spanning the realms of philosophy, religion, literature, military and technical knowledge, and political thought. Together, they richly illustrate the transformative powers inherent in re-configurations of knowledge.
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Gunhild Stierand-Kim - On War, the Waenom, and Waterwheels: Memory, Stereotypes, and Knowledge of Japan and the Japanese in Kim In-gyŏm’s Ilttong changyuga, an 18th century kasa travelogue

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Gunhild Stierand-Kim

On War, the Waenom, and Waterwheels: Memory, Stereotypes, and Knowledge of Japan and the Japanese in Kim In-gyŏm’s Ilttong changyuga, an 18th Century kasa Travelogue

Abstract This paper discusses the overlapping of “memory,” “stereotype,” and “knowledge” in Ilttong changyuga, a Korean language kasa on the author Kim In-gyŏm’s journey to Japan as a secretary of the Korean embassy in 1763/64, based on the text’s references to the Imjin war, depictions of Japanese people, and accounts on two Japanese waterwheels.

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