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Author Haboush, JaHyun Kim

Title A Korean War captive in Japan, 1597-1600 : the writings of Kang Hang / JaHyun Kim Haboush and Kenneth Robinson
Published New York : Columbia University Press, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (271 pages)
Contents Encounters with the adversities of war -- An exhortation to Koreans still held prisoner in Japan -- A report to the royal secretariat on Japanese social practices -- A memorial sent from captivity
Summary Kang Hang was a Korean scholar-official taken prisoner in 1597 by an invading Japanese army during the Imjin War of 1592-1598. While in captivity in Japan, Kang recorded his thoughts on human civilisation, war, and the enemy's culture and society, acting in effect as a spy for his king. A neo-Confucianist with a deep knowledge of Chinese philosophy and history, Kang drew a distinct line between the Confucian values of his world, which distinguished self, family, king, and country, and a foreign culture that practiced invasion and capture and, in his view, was largely incapable of civilisation
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
Print version record
Subject Prisoners of war -- Japan -- Biography
Prisoners of war -- Korea -- Biography
HISTORY -- Asia -- China.
HISTORY -- Asia -- Japan.
Prisoners of war.
Japan -- Description and travel -- Early works to 1800
Korea -- History -- Japanese Invasions, 1592-1598 -- Personal narratives, Korean
Korea -- History -- Japanese Invasions, 1592-1598 -- Prisoners and prisons, Japanese
Genre/Form Biographies.
Early works.
Personal narratives
Form Electronic book
Author Robinson, Kenneth R
ISBN 0231535112