This volume utilizes the concept of contact zones to reconceptualize the time and space around East Asian borders as meeting zones where multiple races, nations, and cultures interacted through the processes of exchange, coexistence, and acculturation. Focusing especially on the borderlands of China and Korea, the contributors document the shifts and repositioning of the contact zones of East Asia as well as the encounters and conflicts that transpired in these spaces, with historical materials spanning the period from the first to the early twentieth centuries and geographical regions from the Tibetan Plateau to Manchuria to the Korean Peninsula. What emerges is a rich account of how the historical changes in the contact zones significantly shaped the history of East Asia as a whole.
Yong-ku Cha is professor in the Department of History and director of the HK+ Reconciliation and Coexistence in Contact Zones (RCCZ) Research Center at Chung-Ang University.
Part I: Historical Changes in the Contact Zones of Korean Peninsula
Chapter 1: Goguryeo and Chinese Dynasties’ Spatial Perception of the Manchu Region
Chapter 2: Liaoxi: The Contact Zone Between the Chinese Dynasty, the Nomadic Tribes, and Goguryeo in Sixth and Seventh Century East Asia
Chapter 3: Goryeo’s Relations with the Northern Peoples and the Change in the North-Western Contact Zone of the Goryeo Dynasty
Chapter 4: The Temporal Aspects of Change in the Contact Zone during the Joseon Dynasty: Focusing on the Yalu River and Tumen River Basins
Chapter 5: Joseon’s Status as the Frontier of the Empire: From the Qing’s Dependent State to Japan’s Occupied Territory
Part II: Historical Changes in the Contact Zones of China
Chapter 6: The Boundaries of the Han Dynasty Famine Relief Policy: Focusing on the Division of the Inner and Frontier Commanderies
Chapter 7: A Study on the Changes of the Frontier Prefectures as Contact Zones in the Tang Dynasty: Expansion and Reduction of the Tang-Tibetan Bianzhou
Chapter 8: Formation and Change of the Liaodong Contact Zone During the Ming Dynasty: Focusing on the Nature of Liaodongpalcham and Jurchen Weisuo
This edited volume brings together a group of prominent Korean scholars to overcome the contemporary nationalist narratives and analyze borders as a dynamic place where various cultures and values coexist. It is a welcome addition to the literature on borders, contact zones and perceptions of space in East Asia. A must-read for historians of East Asia, especially those interested in China-Korea relations, this book makes an important contribution to the field.
The contributors have created an important book for researchers and students of border studies through their interpretation of borders as spaces for coexistence of various values and cultures. This well-written volume provides coverage of a number of fascinating case studies of hybrid cultures and contact zones in Korea and China that have largely been forgotten. This book is a must-read for those interested in borders, borderlands, and frontiers in East Asia.