War, commerce, and tributary relations in the Sino-Korean borderland of the late sixteenth century

Authored by: Masato Hasegawa

The Ming World

Print publication date:  August  2019
Online publication date:  August  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138190986
eBook ISBN: 9780429318719
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429318719-30

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Abstract

Now that all under heaven is unified by the imperial court, the language that is used is Chinese. This Korean language of mine is only used in Korea. Once one has passed ┼Čiju and reaches Chinese soil, Chinese is spoken everywhere. If someone asks [us] a question [in Chinese] and we can’t answer it, what will others think of us [Koreans]? 1

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