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Exploration of the Present Meaning of East Asian Classics — For the Status of East Asian Culture and Human Dignity

  • The Journal of Chinese Cultural Studies
  • 2018, (39), pp.1-20
  • DOI : 10.18212/cccs.2018..39.001
  • Publisher : The Society For Chinese Cultural Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Chinese Language and Literature > Chinese Literature > Chinese Culture
  • Received : January 11, 2018
  • Accepted : February 15, 2018
  • Published : February 28, 2018

Wee Hangbok 1

1한양대학교

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ABSTRACT

The Classics are made by the evaluation of later generations and maintain their values through continuous reinterpretation and discovery of the new meanings over times and regions. For this reason, ‘Worshiping’ or ‘Absolutization’ can rather annihilate the Classics, and sometimes even suppress humans, or turn them into the ways to making money. Korea and China have experienced “Modernization” in a passive way, hence should always keep in mind the mission of overcoming Orientalism, as well as restoring the status of East Asian culture. Overcoming the western-oriented view of the world can contribute not only to the excellence of East Asian cultural tradition, but also to the universally applicable value to human society. Studies on Classics and traditional culture should also pay attention to the economic influence of Cultural Industry. In the era of Popular Culture, culture is closely integrated with industry, and Cultural Industry is becoming a significant factor in terms of international competitiveness. The development of East Asian Cultural Industry is necessary in order to overcome Orientalism. The Research on Classics ought to pay most attention to the filed of Humanities; the most fundamental field of defending and raising status of the human dignity. The Humanities in East Asia has been pursued the aesthetics of ‘harmony’ and ‘coexistence’. Therefore, the cultural tradition of East Asia is capable to contribute on building ‘social safety net’, as well as the protection of human dignity.

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