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A Study on the Marriage of Foreign Woman and its Significance in the LimSsiSamdaerok

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2012, (25), pp.307-344
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose

Choi, Sue-hyun 1

1성산여자대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study aims to examine the marriage of a woman of foreign origin and its significance in the feature-length story in Korean Language, LimSsiSamDaeRok. Widely read from the early stage of its kind, the LimSsiSamdaerok describes the marriage between Mongolian woman and Han Chinese, and their life in detail. It calls for a scholarly attention as it reveals an aspect in perception on foreigners in the feature-length story in Korean Language. The marriage in the LimSsiSamDaeRok consists of three stages. First, the Mongolian princess Bukwon met a Han Chinese man from Ming dynasty. Second, Bukwon came to Ming as a hostage after Mongol was defeated by Ming. Lastly, she failed to adapt and became an outsider. In this process, the Han Chinese and the Mongolian partially amended their fixed ideas regarding each other. The LimSsiSamDaeRok represents both antagonistic and positive attitudes towards the foreign woman. The wedding process was hierarchical and the foreign woman was not able to adapt to the Han culture. However, in the positive note the woman was given the chance to speak and was deemed courageous although they applied the norms of Ming. As seen here, the marriage in the LimSsiSamdaerok promotes the superiority of Han Chinese and in effect the loyalty to the country. At the same time it reminds of the issues embedded in the Han Chinese. Reflecting the national issue beyond the apparent description of romance, the marriage in this story is note worthy as it represents multifold perspective towards foreigners.

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