SOAS University of London

Centre of Korean Studies

Where there is hair, there will be lice: Managing the Descendants of Ming Migrants in Late Chosŏn Korea

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Adam Bohnet - Webinar
Dr Adam Bohnet (King's University College at Western University Canada)

Date: 12 February 2021Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 12 February 2021Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Virtual Event

Type of Event: Virtual Event

Abstract

During the eighteenth century, the descendants of Ming migrants were organized by the Chosŏn court into the special tax-category of imperial subjects (hwangjoin). In addition to protection from most personal taxes, members of this category also enjoyed advantages in obtaining positions in the military bureaucracy and had particular roles within the court’s Ming Loyalist rituals. Their ritual role, in particular, depended on their assumed conformity to an idealized Ming Loyalist narrative, and yet very few of their life stories or the life stories of their ancestors conformed to this narrative.

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Where there is hair, there will be lice: Managing the Descendants of Ming Migrants in Late Chosŏn Korea

Speaker Biography

Dr Adam Bohnet is an Associate Professor in History at King’s University College at Western. He received his MA from Kangwon National University in 2001 and his PhD from the University of Toronto in 2008. He worked at the Research Institute for Korean Studies at Korea University in Seoul before coming to King’s in 2012. His book, Turning toward Edification: Foreigners in Chosŏn Korea, came out with Hawaii University Press in December of 2020.

Organiser: SOAS Centre of Korean Studies

Contact email: centres@soas.ac.uk