Korea and Vietnam before the Twentieth Century: Comparisons and Connections (UCLA)

This conference brings together scholars interested in Korean-Vietnamese in dialogue with one another from across North America, Europe, and Asia in order to develop a framework for meaningful future collaboration. It will examine Vietnam and Korea through both a “connected” perspective and comparative lens. A “connected” perspective emphasizes linkages and circulations, namely the flow of ideas, texts, people and objects. A comparative lens hones in on issues of historical process and the convergence or divergence of particular institutions, cultural patterns, or social configurations.

“Although we two come from different mountains and seas, we take the same sagely books as our source.”

— Vietnamese envoy Phùng Khắc Khoan to Korean envoy Yi Sugwang

Date: January 15–16, 2021

Venue: Charles E. Young Library, UCLA

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