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Rodrigues the Gift-Giver : a Korean envoy’s portrayal of his encounter with a Jesuit in 1631
AuthorLim Jongtae [Im Jongtae] 임종태 / 林宗台
Pub. LocationSeoul 서울PublisherKorean National Commission for UNESCO
Date2016Phys. Desc.pdf. p. 134-162 [29 p.]
LocationDigital ArchivesCall NumberBV3427.R54 L57 2016
Rodrigues the Gift-Giver : a Korean envoy’s portrayal of his encounter with a Jesuit in 1631 / Lim Jongtae.
Extract from; Korea Journal, vol. 56, no. 2 (summer 2016): 134-162.
Includes bibliographical references: p.159-162.

"An earlier draft of this article was presented at the 'International Conference on the History of Mathematical Sciences: Portugal and East Asia V—Visual and Textual Representations in Exchanges between Europe and East Asia,' held at National Tsing-Hua University, Taiwan, November 7–9, 2014."

Abstract: This paper addresses an extremely favorable portrayal by an envoy of Joseon Korea, Jeong Du-won, of the Portuguese Jesuit João Rodrigues, whom Jeong met in the course of his tributary mission to Ming China in 1630–1631. In his subsequent report to the Joseon king, Jeong portrayed Rodrigues as a benign gift-giver, while portraying himself as a passive recipient of Western gifts. Jeong’s characterization of the Jesuit and his gifts has provided modern historians with an important case to illustrate their Eurocentric account of Western Learning in Korea, an account in which the Koreans played simply the passive role of recipient of European culture. While questioning this Eurocentric account, I shall situate Jeong’s portrayal of the Jesuit in its political contexts—Jeong’s China mission and the bureaucratic politics of the Joseon dynasty. The image of Rodrigues as the benign gift-giver was created by Jeong, the Joseon envoy who served as the transmitter of higher culture from China to Korea. In his self-serving rhetorical efforts to legitimize the “barbarian” informant from the West, he managed to legitimize his own achievements within the China mission.
Keywords: Jeong Du-won, João Rodrigues, Western Learning, tributary mission, Jesuits in China, cultural encounter

Local access dig.pdf. [Lim-Rodrigues.pdf]

Subject(s)Jeong Duwon 정두원 / 鄭斗源, b. 1581
Rodrigues Tçuzu, João 陸若漢, 1561-1633
Sŏhak [Seohak] 서학 = 西學 (Western learning)
Western learning (Xixue 西學)--Korea--History--Chosŏn [Joseon] dynasty, 1392-1910
Korea--Civilization--Jesuit influences
Astronomy--Korea--History--Jesuit influence
Sirhak school [Silhak 實學 = 실학]
Rec. TypeExtract (PDF)LanguageEnglish
CollectionRicci Institute LibraryRec. #19668