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Chinese in Korea
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1. Chinese in Ancient Korea

Chinese people often regard Jīzǐ or Gija 箕子 as the first Chinese to settle in Korea. This belief is based on the Shǐjì 史記, which records that Jīzǐ, a scion of the Shāng royal line, moved to ancient Korea with 5,000 followers and founded the so-called Gija Joseon after defeating the indigenous Korean tribal state, Old (Dangun) Joseon 古朝鮮 in 2211 BCE. However, Gija Joseon is not accepted as a historical fact, and is instead regarded as a legend by many historians, including Fairbank et …

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Ik-sang EOM, “Chinese in Korea”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 25 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000066>
First published online: 2015

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