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Query Subject:   Asiatic Vernacular Movements
Author:   Richard Durkan
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Sociolinguistics

Query:   I am very interested in the literary and vernacular movements of the Far East at the turn of the 20th century. As well as the New Culture Movement of China, I am interested in the Taiwanese New Literature Movement, the literary movement launched by Ch’oe Namsŏn and Yi Kwangsu in Korea, the Hkit-san vernacular movement in Burma and wonder why these movements seem to be such a specifically Asian phenomenon.

I notice that a number of the protagonists in these movements spent time in Japan and I wonder to what extent they were influenced by Japanese reformers such as those of the earlier Meiji 6 Society and also to what extent they influenced one another. Has anyone attempted to make a comparative study of some (or indeed all) of these movements? Is anyone working in this area?
LL Issue: 24.1820
Date posted: 25-Apr-2013


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