Northeast Asia

Organized Panel Session

The Mongols Mattered: Cultural, Social, and Commercial Changes During the Mongol Century

Friday, July 6
10:20 AM - 11:50 AM
Location: Willow, First Floor

Covering court art production, marital laws, and the overseas trade during the Mongol Yuan dynasty, this interdisciplinary panel focuses on the changes happened under the governance of the Mongols. During the Yuan dynasty, the Mongol rulers constructed a new system of art production, started to enforce Chinese traditional norms on marriage to the non-Han, and also due to their influence, the major players in the Sino-Japanese trade shifted from Chinese merchants to Japanese monasteries. Employing a large variety of materials, such as law codes, monastery records, and court arts, this panel shows that significant changes happened in multiple fields during the Yuan dynasty and the Mongols had exerted a long-lasting impact on Chinese even East Asian history.


Yong CHO analyzes the shifts that the art-making institutions went through under the Yuan court’s leadership and demonstrates that the Mongol imperial family intervened into the history of Chinese art by completely subverting the hierarchies of media and materials in Chinese tradition. By cross-examining the wording of an edict in the official history and law codes, Wonhee CHO shows that the Mongol rulers prohibited not only the local Han Chinese but also Jews and Muslims from marrying their own cousins and suggests a reconsideration of the Mongols’ “openness.” By integrating monastery records and archeological discoveries, Yiwen LI demonstrates that after the Mongol invasions of Japan, the religious networks between China and Japan supported trade networks and facilitated commercial exchanges.

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Wonhee Cho

Academy of Korean Studies, Republic of Korea

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Vikas Rathee

Central University of Punjab

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Wonhee Cho

Academy of Korean Studies, Republic of Korea

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Central University of Punjab

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