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Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, 2020, 3(1); doi: 10.25236/AJHSS.2020.030110.

Dissemination and Development of Sino-japanese Literary Communication by Korean Envoys in Edo Period


Liangxiaojuan Li1, a, Xiaofeng Wang2, b

Corresponding Author:
Liangxiaojuan Li

1. School of International Education, Jiangxi Normal University, Nanchang 330022, China;
2. School of History,Culture and Tourism, Jiangxi Normal University, Nanchang 330022, China.
a. [email protected], b. [email protected]


Edo era is a special period of time in the history. It is between the end of Ming Dynasty and the beginning of Qing Dynasty. At that time, non-government trade is the main method of Chi-Japan communication because of the Seclusion Policy. However, Chinese government had little contact with Japan. On the contrary, Korea, who was the vassal state of Qing, began to send envoys to China as well as Japan. In this way, Korean envoys played a very important role in the literary communication between China and Japan. Korea, who was called “The Little China” at that time, had a deep relationship with China. As a result, Korea had much more knowledge about Sinology than Japan. Therefore, Korean scholars looked down on Japanese Sinology scholars. Nevertheless, in 1764, Korean envoys began to pay attention to Sorai’s literature and appreciate Japanese Sinology because of the great development of Sorai’s literature in Japan. This article will begin with the historical relationship among China, Korea and Japan, and research the reason why Korean scholars changed its attitude towards Japanese Sinology.


Edo era;Korean envoys; Sinology; Sorai Ogyu; literary communication

Cite This Paper

Liangxiaojuan Li, Xiaofeng Wang. Dissemination and Development of Sino-japanese Literary Communication by Korean Envoys in Edo Period. Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences (2020) Vol. 3, Issue 1: 92-97. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJHSS.2020.030110.


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