[KS] Korean Tea Ceremony -Who has ownership of "Tradition" and "Culture"? Inheritance and Legitimacy?

Frank Hoffmann hoffmann at koreaweb.ws
Sun Aug 12 05:25:06 EDT 2012

In response to Joobai Lee's posting:

While I follow the logic of your argument, and while I see that your 
examples (the links toward the end of your posting) do support your 
argument, I feel very strongly that it is really misplaced when it 
comes to the issues discussed before. Garden culture, tea ceremony, as 
well as my example of terminology such as "Korean renaissance" do not 
fit your line of thought. "Renaissance" is not a general term but one 
that is very particular to location and period when it comes to the 
history of art. Art, by definition, is something that requires 
attention and a high sensitivity to form, detail, terms and wording. 
The point is really not if someone *can* "borrow" such a clearly 
defined term, but what the message and purpose is that one gives out in 
doing so, how much sense that makes, and for what purpose it is done. I 
can certainly borrow such a term to do whatever with it, such as the 
mentioned case of that Russian punk band, calling their performance a 
"prayer." That seems to me completely "legal" and legid if viewed from 
the perspective of art production, etc. The point here, however, was 
that the long defined term "Renaissance" is in this particular case 
being used to give some extra weight to a culture and its artistic 
products that was not at all (in the 18th century) touched by European 
renaissance art. That really does not relate to the other examples you 
close your posting with.

As for "tea ceremony" and "garden culture"--let me later reply to 
Werner Sasse's interesting posting in detail.



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