Prof. LO Ming Tung
B.A. (HKBU), M.Phil. (HKBU), Ph.D. (HKBU)
Director of Centre for Chinese Cultural Heritage; Head and Professor, Department of Chinese Language and Literature
- General Research Fund (GRF/13-16/245913)
The plenitude of documents from the Joseon period are largely from Gyeongsang-do, also known as Yeongnam—a place that Koreans recognize as the source of Confucianism in the peninsula. About 139 Joseon scholars wrote family precepts, producing more than 500 documents in different formats and genres, including letters, prose, verse and inscriptions. The focus of this project lies in (1) explicating the spread of Xiao Xue in the counties; (2) unravelling the reasons for the local prolificacy of family teachings during the Joseon period though a study of the Yeongnam history of clan cultures; (3) uncovering the principles underlying the selection of Xiao Xue materials by Yeongnam scholars through analysis of the content and literary forms of family teachings; and (4) generalizing the contents of family teachings across clans to determine the foundations of Joseon nationalistic social ideals. Through the cultural rooting of the Xiao Xue in the Joseon period, the study offers an angle into the panorama on the spread of Confucian classics and the germane roles they played in the construction of East Asian cultures and values.