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Skip to 0 minutes and 17 seconds Today, we have talked about the different ways that Korean culture innovated from Chinese culture: Adaptive Innovation, where Koreans took certain ideas from Chinese literature and adapted them over time to create new traditions for Korean culture, and Disruptive Innovation, where completely novel ideas were generated by integrating multiple old traditions, to allow further development of culture. The example we’ve discussed for Adaptive Innovation, “Sungkyun”, adopted an idea in Chinese texts and shaped it into an educational ideal that is still relevant today. As for Disruptive Innovation, the development of Hangeul was a remarkable turning point in Korean culture, where the written language was able to fully capture the spoken language.

Skip to 1 minute and 27 seconds Join me next week, where we’ll examine key ideas adopted from Neo-Confucianism, which, over a long period of adaptation, spawned intense debate unique to Korean Philosophy.

Revisiting the Content for Week 2

This is the end of this week.

This week, we have moved a step closer to Korean philosophy through two examples of Korean cultural innovations, Sungkyun and Hangeul.

They are good examples that show how Korean culture innovated from Chinese culture. In an adaptive and a disruptive way, Koreans adopted ideas, innovated them, and created new traditions for Korean culture. In the next week, we will examine the key ideas adopted from Neo-Confucianism, which, over a long period of adaptation, spawned intense debate unique to Korean philosophy.

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