Chosŏn’s Office of Interpreters: The Apt Response and the Knowledge Culture of Diplomacy

  title={Chosŏn’s Office of Interpreters: The Apt Response and the Knowledge Culture of Diplomacy},
  author={Sixiang Wang},
  journal={Journal for the History of Knowledge},
  • Sixiang Wang
  • Published 17 December 2020
  • Political Science, History
  • Journal for the History of Knowledge
From 1392 until its dissolution in 1894, Chosŏn Korea’s Office of Interpreters managed diplomatic relations with its vastly more powerful Ming and Qing neighbors. The Office was originally conceived out of a bureaucratic strategy to formalize the training of its interpreters and manage the volatile knowledge they possessed. This bureaucratizing of diplomacy created a distinct socio-economic niche for these interpreters, facilitating their social reproduction. This article argues that a distinct… 
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