My dissertation is a reinterpretation of the Chinese tributary system and its relation to East Asian early modernity. I use the Korean travelogues (collectively known as Yonhaengrok) to examine the early modern tributary relationship between the Qing empire and the Chosŏn dynasty. I use the political history of Sino-Korean diplomatic exchange to rethink Chosŏn’s centrality in the construction of the Qing tributary order.
- East Asian History
- “The Tributary System and the Meaning of East Asia in the Late Qing”
Working Dissertation Title
- “Remapping Empire and Envisioning Early Modern in East Asia: Locality and Region in the Wriitngs of Korean Envoys”