Encyclopedia: Gongsun Kang

Gongsun Kang; Kungsun K‘ang; 公孫康

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Gongsun Kang 公孫康

Lived: AD ?–c.220

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Served: Gongsun Du

Executed the Yuan sons, extended power in Korea and restored communication with Japan.

Officer Details

Wade-Giles: Kungsun K‘ang
Simplified Chinese: 公孙康
Pronunciation: Gong1sun1 Kang1
Cantonese (Yale): Gungsyun Hong
Cantonese (Jyutpin): Gungsyun Hong
Min-Nan: Kongsun Kong

Birthplace: Xuantu

Rank and Titles

Grand Administrator of Liaodong

Family and Relationships

Gongsun Du (Father); Gongsun Gong (Brother); Gongsun Yuan, Gongsun Huang (Sons); Gongsun Xiu (Grandson)

Literary Appearances

Romance of the Three Kingdoms: 33, 106

Sanguozhi: Wei 1, Wei 6, Wei 8, Wei 26, Wei 30

Hou Han shu: 9, 74-75, 90

Zizhi tongjian: 64-65, 71


Internet Researched

Gongsun Kang was the son and heir of Gongsun Du. Having been fortunate enough to inherit his father’s domain, Gongsun Kang continued consolidating power over the land that Gongsun Du had taken. In AD 207, the warlord Cao Cao had defeated the Wuhuan and the successors of Yuan Shao, Yuan Shang and Yuan Xi both fled to Gongsun Kang alongside the Wuhuan chief Supuyan. They asked for military assistance against Cao Cao. Once Cao Cao had retreated away from nearby Kang’s lands, however, Gongsun Kang put the two Yuans and Supuyan to death. Because Gongsun Kang sent the three heads to Cao Cao, he was awarded with the rank of ’Marquis of Xiangping.’



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April 10, 2023