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Joseon Korea and Early Modern East Asia

Ngee Ann Auditorium 26 May 2017 7 pm Speaker: Dr Seung-joon Lee
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Joseon Korea and Early Modern East Asia
Dr. Seung-joon Lee

Friday, 26 May 2017, 7 pm
Ngee Ann Auditorium, Asian Civilisations Museum

In spite of its nickname, “the hermit kingdom”, Korea's Joseon dynasty (1392–1897) was the centrepiece of the modern transformation in East Asia. Dynamic interactions – both contacts and conflicts – with neighbouring countries helped form Korean identity. Against this backdrop, traditional Korean art and culture blossomed. This talk offers a revisionist narrative of Joseon Korea and its place in early modern East Asia.

About the speaker
Seung-joon Lee is a Lecturer teaching modern East Asian history at the National University of Singapore. He is the author of Gourmets in the Land of Famine: the Culture and Politics of Rice in Modern Canton (2011), as well as a number of scholarly articles.


Free admission to this lecture. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No registration is required.
Pre-lecture refreshments served at 6:30 pm. Lecture starts promptly at 7 pm.




This lecture is jointly organised by the Asian Civilisations Museum and the Friends of the Museums (FOM)

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Image: Defense of Busanjin Fortress, 1760. Byeon Bak.