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Foreigners in Chosŏn Dynasty: Based on the Household Register and the Genealogy Records

Lecture in Korean

Foreigners in Chosŏn Dynasty: Based on the Household Register and the Genealogy Records

Yu Suk, "Sukyedo", National Folk Museum of Korea

Donggue Lee, Researcher & Lecturer, Sungkyunkwan University


Tuesday, May 21, 2019
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

10383 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, 90024

The 17th century in East Asia, including Korea, was a turbulent era. Repeated wars and civil wars from the end of the 16th century to the first half of the 17th century prompted the change of regimes and dynasties in each country. During this period of turmoil, large cross-border migrations occurred, which had never been achieved among countries. Many people left their existing residences and settled in new places for various reasons, such as participating in wars being prisoners, escaping, being refugees and being abductions. In Chosŏn, Japanese, Manchurians and Han Chinese, and some Westerners were introduced during this period, and their descendants have since been rooted in Chosŏn. Their records can be found from the Household Registers, which contain demographic information of the householders and their families, and from genealogies that record their own bloodline. In this talk, Professor Donggue Lee will first introduce the various routes and backgrounds of foreigners who came to Chosŏn. He will also take a look about how the descendants who had foreigners as their ancestors perceived themselves and how they were defined in society at the time based on two records, the Household Registers(Hojŏk) and the Genealogies(Chokbo).


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Sponsor(s): Center for Korean Studies

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