Korea-Vietnam 2022-2023 Speaker Series

Strange/natural parallels between Dai Viet/Vietnam and Koryo/Choson in the history of Eastern Eurasia

October 20th 2022, 6:00 PM Los Angeles Time

Dr. Juhn Y. Ahn is Associate Professor of Buddhist and Korean Studies at the University of Michigan and the author of Buddhas and Ancestors: Religion and Wealth in Fourteenth-Century Korea (University of Washington Press, 2018), Transgression in Korea: Beyond Resistance and Control (University of Michigan Press, 2018), and Gongan Collections I, Collected Works of Korean Buddhism, Vol. 7-1 (Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, 2012). His current research focuses on the economic history of Korea during the Koryŏ period (918-1392), reading practices in Song-dynasty (960-1279) Chan Buddhism, and the cultural history of weather and wealth during the Chosŏn period (1392-1910) in Korea.
Dr. Momoki Shiro is professor emeritus of Osaka University, Japan (currently teaching at Vietnam-Japan University in Hanoi). He has been studying medieval and early modern Vietnamese history and its position in Southeast Asia, maritime Asia, and the Sinic World. His publication includes The formation and transformation of the medieval state of Dai Viet (in Japanese, Osaka University Press, 2011) ; Offshore AsiaMaritime Interactions in Eastern Asia before Steamships (Fujita Kayoko, Momoki Shiro and Anthony Reid eds., Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2013); “A Spatial Analysis of Thăng Long Capital During the Lý Period Through Re-Exploitation of Written Sources” (TRaNS: Trans -Regional and -National Studies of Southeast Asia vol. 2, 2014).

Presented by MOMOKI Shiro

Professor Emeritus, Osaka University

Joined by Juhn Y. Ahn

University of Michigan

Today, social and economic analysis of pre-modern state and agrarian society does not seem to be attractive to young scholars. However, the long-term analysis if them still shows clear actuality occasionally, through the contemporary issues related to the ‘traditions’ of family and gender, for instance. Moreover, in-depth comparisons between Vietnam and Korea can shed new lights on the global and regional historic positions of both countries. Exploiting materials such as medieval stone inscriptions and early modern local documents, my presentation will try to preliminary compare the land holding system and village society of medieval and early-modern Đại Việt with those of Koryo and Choson, paying attention to the change of family and gender.      

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