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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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Defending Regional Elite Identity and Culture

Defending Regional Elite Identity and Culture

(p.101) Three Defending Regional Elite Identity and Culture
Voice from the North

Sun Joo Kim

Stanford University Press

Yi Sihang was the author of the memorial submitted to the court in 1714, protesting a biased report on P'yŏngan Province made by a royal secret inspector. This memorial seems to have been first collective effort by P'yŏngan elites to address a regional problem at the level of the central court, and thus to promote their standing at the national level. Although the memorial's tone was a defensive one, the region's action of submitting a memorial full of resentment over the secret inspector's bias and seeking cultural justice illustrates its residents' realization of their common fate as the populace of a demeaned cultural periphery that was discriminated against by the central elite. This chapter not only highlights Sihang's leadership in this memorial movement but also analyzes his discourses in debunking regional prejudices as inscribed in the memorial.

Keywords:   collective memorials, cultural practices, collective bias, Confucian learning, cultural censuring

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