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South Korean – Chu’kwon

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Korean (South), Sovereignty

주권      (主權) chu’kwon Relates to sovereignty The idea of sovereignty is expressed by a Sino-Korean word, chu’kwon (주권/主權). The first component means ‘man’, ‘major’, ‘ruler’ and ‘owner’; the second means ‘rights’. In other words, the Korean term for “sovereignty” can be rendered in English as “the rights of the master”. We are dealing here with […]

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Indonesian – Kedaulatan

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Indonesian, Sovereignty

Kedaulatan Relates to sovereignty; authority ‘Kedaulatan rakyat’ (people’s sovereignty) is placed in a supreme position in the Indonesian constitution.  Interestingly, the word daulat originates from a feudalistic context, i.e. expression of deference to nobility.  It transforms into a keyword for Indonesian revolution when it is made into an intransitive verb berdaulat (sovereign, independent). The word […]

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Thai – Athipatai

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Sovereignty, Thai

อธิปไตย Athipatai Relates to sovereignty In Thai, the concept of sovereignty is derived from the Pali word athipatoeyya which means khwam pen yai ying: supremacy.  It is however, a relatively new term and one that was not used in Thailand before the reign of King Chulalongkorn. The term ‘athipatai’ can be used as a suffix […]

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Chinese – Zhǔquán

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Chinese, Sovereignty

主權  (主权) Zhǔquán Relates to sovereignty The term is made up of two Chinese characters: 主 – zhǔ – a sovereign; host; owner, master; primary, main; to be in charge[1] 權 – quán – right; authority and power;[2] Zhǔquán in ancient Chinese means a sovereign or a king’s power. In the 7th century text, Guanzi […]

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Shan – Ah Na Soong Sut | Ah Na Jik Jawm

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Shan, Sovereignty

Ah Na Soong Sut Ah Na Jik Jawm Relates to sovereignty Ah Na, originating from Pali, means ‘power’ or ‘authority’. Combined with the adjective soong, ‘high’ and the suffix sut, which denotes ‘the most’ or ‘-est’, the term comes to mean ‘the highest power.’ Although seemingly absolute, the term really has the connotation of being […]

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North Korean – Nankong pullakŭi yosae

May 26th, 2011 · No Comments · Korean (North), Security, Sovereignty

난공불락의 요새 Nankong pullakŭi yosae (variations: 철옹성 ch’ŏlongsŏng, 철벽의 요새 ch’ŏlpyŏkŭi yosae) ‘Impregnable fortress’ Relates to sovereignty The necessity of turning the country into an impregnable fortress – be it in the face of a physical or psychological attack by the evil overseas forces – is a popular concept in North Korea. The curious logical […]

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Burmese – Achokacha ana

May 25th, 2011 · No Comments · Burmese, Sovereignty

Achokacha ana Relates to sovereignty Achokacha ana is a broad concept encompassing security, referents of security, threats, and strategies to deal with threats.  In the Burmese security discourse, sovereignty is closely tied to conceptions of the motherland, the nation, and independence.  State propaganda frequently warns that the country’s sovereignty is under constant threat, and thus […]

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