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Regional Development through Humanistic Meaning and Practice of ‘Local’: Focusing on the Comparison of Cases of ‘Local Creators’ in Korea and Japan

  • Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Abbr : JAPS
  • 2023, 30(1), pp.5-42
  • DOI : 10.18107/japs.2023.30.1.001
  • Publisher : Institute of Global Affairs
  • Research Area : Social Science > Social Science in general
  • Received : February 7, 2023
  • Accepted : March 15, 2023
  • Published : March 30, 2023

Chung Suhee 1 Lee, Byung-Min 2

1덕성여자대학교
2건국대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study attempted to reinterpret the passively accepted meaning of “local” in relation to local creators and adds a humanistic meaning of place. The aim is to derive the direction of local creators as a practical regional development strategies by adding the meaning of humanities. In this process, the concept and discourse of locality, the nature of relationships and contexts were taken into consideration, and ‘local creators’ were approached as the subject of regional development and the possibility of a humanistic approach was explored through case studies of local creators in Korea and Japan. As a result, a development model for the humanistic meaning and practice of local creators was prepared and proposed, and several significant outcomes were obtained. Firstly, a region-specific, customized project with various forms and self-sustaining structures is crucial. Secondly, a “creative place” with a humanistic perspective as a base space is important. Thirdly, the foundation of a mutually cooperative relationship with locals begins with understanding the local context. Fourthly, the process of local creators understanding and reaching a consensus on the meaning of their role as practitioners and artisans within the region is important. Local creators play a crucial role in combining humanistic values with economic values in the region, and the environment and support for this must be sustained.

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