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A Comparative Analysis of Subject Headings Related to Korea in the CCT and NDLSH

JiHyun Mun 1

1전남대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study compares and analyzes the numbers and characteristics of Korea-related subjects included in the 2008 Japanese edition of the National Diet Library Subject Headings (NDLSH) and the 2nd edition of the Chinese Classified Thesaurus(CCT). The analysis results show that 258 subjects, approximately twice as many as 137 subjects in CCT, were found in NDLSH. There are more pure subjects that exclude the references in CCT than in NDLSH. On the other hand, much more subjects are found in NDLSH in the event that personal names, corporate headings, and subjects combined with detailed headings are included. Meanwhile, more subjects are relatively engaged in the fields of politics, diplomacy, and military in CCT because CCT is characterized by socialism and by being a pro-North Korea. Moreover, the considerable numbers of subjects reflecting North Korea’s viewpoint are included in CCT. NDLSH changed only recently the names of both South and North Korea into the “Republic of Korea” and the “Democratic People's Republic of Korea”, respectively. On the other hand, CCT more frequently uses “Joseon” than “Korea”, and the distinction between the names is unclear. CCT thoroughly supports the stance of the developed country, directly involved in the disputable subjects between two countries such as “Dokdo”, “the East Sea”, “Dumangang”, and “Baekdusan”. Both heading lists consider “Balhae” as part of Chinese history in CCT, which has ignored the position of Korea.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.