Rereading the Spirit of Seonbi, scholars of the Goryeo and Joseon periods
Why now is the time to pay attention to Seonbi?
What is Seonbi and what is its origin? There were similar concepts to seonbi in other countries: Local gentry in China, Samurai and Roju in Japan, and gentry in England. We will examine how the common concept of East Asia, i.e. scholar, has become a common culture unique in Korea, China and Japan and has played a role even in England. Finally, let us also consider why we are calling out seonbi in this time.