This paper examines the ways in which Koreans wrote about Vietnam in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. From viewing Vietnam as an object of curiosity during the Lê Dynasty or as an inferior tributary state during the Tây Sơn period, Koreans began to talk about Vietnam differently as the nineteenth century progressed. As the French gradually conquered and colonized Vietnam, and as Koreans sensed that their land was in danger of a similar fate, Korean government officials and intellectuals made repeated reference to Vietnam in their writings. Vietnam came to symbolize the fate that Korea faced if the right actions were not taken, and the image of Vietnam was thus conjured up by various peoples as they sought to promote their ideas. In the end, the image of Vietnam came to play an important role in the Korean efforts to find a path through the difficult years of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
The Loss of Vietnam: Korean Views of Vietnam in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
Youn Dae-Yeong is Assistant Professor at the Institute for East Asian Studies, Sogang University. He holds a PhD in history at the Langue et Civilisation d’Asie Orientale, Univsité Paris Diderot (Paris 7). His publications include: Les Idées et les Mouvements Réformistes en Corée et au Việt Nam, 1897–1911 [Ideas and Reform Movements in Korea and Vietnam, 1897–1911] (Éditions Universitaires Européennes, 2011); “Le Việt Nam Vong Quốc Sử et les Mouvements Réformistes en Extrême-Orient” [Việt Nam Vong Quốc Sử and Reform Movements in the Far East] (Aséanie, vol. 17, 2006).
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Youn Dae-Yeong; The Loss of Vietnam: Korean Views of Vietnam in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries. Journal of Vietnamese Studies 1 May 2014; 9 (1): 62–95. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/vs.2014.9.1.62
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