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December 05, 2007

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Speaking as somebody of Korean descent, I don't consider the Yijing, Daoism, Confucianism, Son/Chan Buddhism, etc. to be exclusively Chinese, any more than I would consider Christianity to be exclusively Palestinian, or Islam to be exclusively Arab. In the case of Daoism, Confucianism, and the Yijing all made their way to Korea and were extremely influential on Korean culture.

A one Korean Confucian scholar put it, China is to Korea as an Older Brother is to a Younger Brother (in the Confucian sense). Korean culture has always borrowed or inherited from China, the civil service examinations for yangban scholars in Korea focused very much on Chinese classics.

Plus if you look at Korean nationalist movements, (like the Chondogyo movement in the 19th/20th centuries) you'll notice many of them make appeals to both Confucianism and Daoism. And even today you have Korean religious movements that claim affinity to Daoism, like Kouk Sun Do (literally, "National Way of the Immortals") which is a Korean system of qigong (or "kigong" to use the Korean Romanization).

Gukseon,
Thanks for the comment. Perhaps we - I! - should stop referring to Confucianism and Taoism as "Chinese" philosophies since they are, as you point out, more expansive than any particular place called "China."

fuck that idea, its Chinese

fuck that idea, its Korean.
Korean original " Koryo Flag"
was Yellow, Red, Blue. ( Tricolor Korean flag).
Which is very unique Korean flag. Not Chinese!!!!

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