Kurt Stine

Faculty Mentor(s)

Volha Isakava (Asian Studies)


Korean Studies: Sunjang Baduk
This presentation analyzes Sunjang Baduk and its decline in Korea over the course of 400 years (c. 1500-1940). It will also note the slight increase in interest in the 1990s before fizzling out again. A large portion of the presentation will be focused on explaining the rules of Go (the international name for Baduk) and the differences Sunjang Baduk brings to the table. If time permits, an example game may be played against either the computer or a person.

Keywords: Korea, History, Go


4 thoughts on “Sunjang Baduk”

  1. Kurt’s topic was very interesting because, as he mentioned in the present, Baduk is more commonly played than Sunjang Baduk. This is especially true in regard to younger Korean generations who are less familiar with Sunjang Baduk. I appreciated this informative and unique topic choice.
    Kurt focused on Sunjang Baduk’s historical origins and specific rules and details very effectively. For instance, he mentioned the different scoring rules among Baduk, Japanese Baduk, and Sunjang Baduk that Sunjang only counts the stones that have touched other team stones. Kurt also did great work comparing Japan, China, and Korea’s historical backgrounds when necessary and the differences of Baduk styles and rules.

  2. Great job, Kurt! I really appreciate your comparative angle for the game played in different cultural contexts. My question is a bit personal: why did you choose to focus on Sunjang Baduk? What is it about this “archival” game that interests you?

  3. Very informative! I did not even know about this. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and putting together an insightful presentation.

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