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Acta Koreana is published semi-annually on June 15 and December 15 by Academia Koreana, Keimyung University.
 
 
Title LIES, RUMOURS AND SINO-KOREAN RELATIONS: THE PSEUDO-FUJIANESE INCIDENT OF 1687
 
Author
ADAM BOHNET
Volume Vol. 19 No. 2
Pages pp. 1~29 (all 29 pages)
Publication Date DECEMBER, 2016
Keyword Chosŏn, Maritime China, Chŏlla, rumour, Ming Loyalism, castaways
Abstract In 1687, a man calling himself Yu Yŏlli was discovered begging from the common people of Chido garrison in Chŏlla Province by pretending to be a Chinese castaway. Although the Chosŏn court eventually established that he was lying, it took a full month to come to this conclusion, despite what seems at times to have been a very flimsily constructed identity on Yu’s part. This article argues that he succeeded because he effectively reproduced the established Ming Loyalist narrative of the Chosŏn court, and also because of his initial location in the unstable and uncertain world of the southwestern islands. His lies, for this reason, are very useful for understanding the ideological presuppositions of late Chosŏn society.
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