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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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Invoking the Memory of Kim Kyŏngsŏ

Invoking the Memory of Kim Kyŏngsŏ

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(p.119) Four Invoking the Memory of Kim Kyŏngsŏ
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Voice from the North
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Sun Joo Kim

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804783811.003.0005

Yi Sihang composed numerous region-specific writings to build regional cultural capital with which to nullify the popular bias against his region. This chapter examines Sihang's work titled Remaining Documents about Kim Kyŏngsŏ, which had a lasting impact on P'yŏngan people's movement to oppose popular prejudice and bureaucratic discrimination against them. Sihang wrote the book to prove the loyal deeds of Kim Kyŏngsŏ, a military hero from P'yŏngan Province. It was Sihang's historical consciousness and regional identity that motivated him to compile historical records that would prove the loyal position taken by Kim. This biographical book provided the historical evidence for elevating Kim to the pantheon of national war heroes. Yet the protracted historical processes that P'yŏngan people had to go through before this goal of rehabilitating Kim's reputation was accomplished are a revealing testament to the challenges that these marginal elites had to face during the late Chosŏn period.

Keywords:   Kim Kyŏngsŏ or Ŭngsŏ, war heroes, 1619 battle at Sarhū, political uses of war memory, Latter Jin, Kang Hongnip, Kim Ŭngha

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