Interview with the Chief of Cheongju Advisory Committee

Bendik Rugaas in Norway International Library took on the Chairman in the 5th Cheongju UNESCO Advisory Committee Meeting held in Cheongju, following the 4th Review Meeting, from 27th to 29th in JUN 2001. We interviewed with Bendik Rugaas and heard about the background and screening process of registering Jikji in the World Registered Legacy.

Officer of Cheongju : Can you tell me your impression of the results and Cheongju?
Bendik Rugaas : We could get very good results such as selecting 21 legacies through the meeting in Cheongju where the oldest extant movable metal type printed Book in the world was born. I also confirmed that the future of Cheongju, the print-cultural city, and world registered legacy are very bright when I saw lots of children visiting the Early Printing Museum of Cheongju.

Officer of Cheongju : In order to be selected to the World Registered Legacy, they should pass a few major selection bases such as the effects and social values. Which bases did Jikji pass?
Bendik Rugaas : Jikji is the oldest existing Metal Printed Book. It has influenced on human beings and spread out, so it was recognized to be the most influencable legacy. Additionally, the rarity was mainly considered in selecting it, because there is only one volume in France right now.

Officer of Cheongju : I heard that Jikji and Gutenberg’s Bible were selected in this screening simultaneously.
Bendik Rugaas : Jikji and Geternberg’s Bible are the oldest existing eastern and western Metal Printed Books, respectively. They have changed human beings’ recording cultures completely. UNESCO Advisory Meeting recommended them to be registered under the spirit of The Memory of The World. After going back to UNESCO Headquarter, I will try to seek for the ways that can spread and preserve the old printing cultures.

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