[KS] northeast asia project

Mark Byington byington at fas.harvard.edu
Wed Mar 31 12:56:05 EST 2004


Just about everything you are likely to want to know about the Northeast
Project can be found in the following two sources:

The Project's own mission statement and publications can be found at:


Also, Ch'oe Kwang-sik has recently published a useful booklet called
"Chungguk Ui KoguryOsa waegok," Sallim ch'ulp'ansa, 2004, ISBN
89-522-0185, which covers the basics of the Northeast Project and its
publications on Koguryo.

In my own opinion, the majority of Korean scholars and media have
misunderstood the Chinese concerns that result in the Chinese claims
regarding Koguryo. At the core of these claims is an underlying concern
for very modern territorial matters, as well as a framework for
interpreting the ancient past in terms of a modern conception of the
multinational state. Also, there is nothing new in the Northeast Project's
publications that Chinese scholars in the Northeast have not been saying
for the past few decades. What is new in the Koguryo debate is the
politicization resulting from the applications both North Korea and China
have submitted to UNESCO to have their respective Koguryo remains
inscribed as World Heritage sites. This topic was discussed briefly on the
present forum some weeks ago, and a search of the archives might be useful
to you, if you have not already read those exchanges.


Mark Byington

On Mon, 29 Mar 2004, Sangkee Peter Lee wrote:

> To whom it may concern:
> My name is Peter Lee and I'm a 2nd year political science student at UC Berkeley. I'm part of a
> student organization called Committee for Korea Studies. 5-6 students have been meeting about
> everyday for 2 weeks to learn more about the Northeast Asia Project- the history of goguryo and
> the reason why Chinese govt is pursuing this. We decided the best way to
> inform the students here at Berkeley is to hold a forum where 3-4 professors or experts can
> lecture and answer questions. Do you have any recommendations? Those living in the US will be most
> ideal, but if they live in Korea it will be okay also. Thank you. I'll look forward to hearing
> from
> you soon.
> Peter

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