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The history and Suggestions of humanities exchanges between Korea and China

  • The Journal of Study on Language and Culture of Korea and China
  • Abbr : JSLCKC
  • 2014, (34), pp.489-507
  • DOI : 10.16874/jslckc.2014..34.020
  • Publisher : Korean Society of Study on Chinese Languge and Culture
  • Research Area : Humanities > Chinese Language and Literature
  • Published : February 28, 2014

dong-choon Ryu 1

1서강대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

It has been 21 years since Korea and China have started making a new exchange after ceasing hostile relationship that has been created due to Korean War in 1950. After establishing a diplomatic tie in 1992, the two countries have been exchanging and expanding their relationship in economy and politics. However, the communication between the publics of the countries seems to be stagnant, furthermore getting worse. This paradoxical phenomenon is a disturbing factor of the long-term development of the countries and therefore cannot be neglected anymore. This manuscript will look back on exchange of humanities between Korea and China in order to solve this social and cultural conflict, and state an opinion on how we should act and which perspective we should take in order to expand the width of understanding each other today. Anyone will know that Korea and China have made an exchange from long time ago. However, not many people can point out a clear evidence of this exchange. Lack of accumulation of empirical study on this is the reason, which is due to stingy permission on each other’s research results caused by national consciousness. Even though we should review research results and bring out an objective conclusion in a public sphere, the fact is that even a trial is a reckless attempt. After the establishment of diplomatic tie in 1992, there exists many conflicts (not related to development of economic and poltical relationship), such as Northeast Project, dispute on history of Goguryeo and origination of cultural heritage. The geographical nearness, long historical exchange and cultural homogeneity of the two countries, which made the people of the countries have a sense of closeness in the past but now act as and adverse effect-just like lovers hating each other more after love. Then how should we solve this problem? To find a solution, we must first carefully analyze the cause of this conflict. We have been mistaking Chinese as a very similar people to ourselves, and thought that we know them very well. In fact, even though Korea and China are adjacent to each other, there are numerous differences, such as the family of their languages. To understand each other, we must first fully understand this differences. This is the duty of humanists. It is time we reject fancy but hollow exchange just like what we’ve done before and carry out practical solution which can help us truly understand each other by deep consideration and humanities exchange. The joint research of Confucian scriptures, which is a thing in common of two countries in past, can take place. There is no need to hurry. We should carry out the solution step by step with patience.

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