Understanding the Settlement of Chinese Migrants in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Chosŏn Korea
Beginning with the Imjin War and continuing through the wars of the Ming-Qing transition in Liaodong, a significant number of Chinese settled in Chosŏn along with Japanese defectors and Jurchen refugees. While it has been common to assume that they would gain advantages from their Chinese origins, in fact their treatment varied a great deal, and Chinese migrants were often viewed with suspicion, and they were administered by the state under the same categories used for Jurchen and Japanese migrants. By exploring a number of examples of Chinese migrants to Chosŏn, this presentation will suggest the need to rethink the assumed Sinocentrism of the Chosŏn state.
Adam Bohnet, King’s University College at Western
Jisoo M. Kim, GW Institute for Korean Studies