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Voice from the NorthResurrecting Regional Identity Through the Life and Work of Yi Sihang (1672–1736)$
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Sun Joo Kim

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804783811

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804783811.001.0001

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Remembering Yi Sihang, a Local Elite of Significance

Remembering Yi Sihang, a Local Elite of Significance

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Voice from the North

Sun Joo Kim

Stanford University Press

This chapter provides an in-depth description of Yi Sihang's personal life and familial networks. Through microscopic investigation of a variety of private documents and by tracking down trivial links, it intends to attain a better understanding of the cultural contexts and social milieu in which Yi Sihang and his close family members lived. These efforts at reconstructing Sihang's private life shed considerable light on the social and cultural lives of other individuals and families in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, a time when Korea was undergoing an epochal cultural transformation often called the Confucianization of Korea. A close examination of Yi Sihang and his family's cultural practices enables us to grasp how a regional elite such as Sihang adapted to a new cultural environment in an attempt to elevate the literati in his family and region to parity with the literati of other regions.

Keywords:   Confucianization of Korea, local elite, genealogy, ancestor worship, marriage network, P'yŏngyang, Unsan

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