Politics of Gender in Colonial Korea Education, Labor, and Health, 1910-1945
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This highly original and theoretically ambitious study examines how the concept of "Korean woman" underwent a radical transformation in Korea's public discourse during the years of Japanese colonialism. Theodore Jun Yoo shows that as women moved out of their traditional spheres to occupy new positions in schools, factories, hospitals, and other sites, they increasingly encountered the pervasive control of the colonial state, which in turn sought to impose a kind of modernity on their ideas, relationships, social behavior, and bodies. While some Korean women conformed to the dictates of colonial hegemony, others took deliberate pains to distinguish between what was "modern" (i.e., Western outfits) and thus legitimate, and what was "Japanese," and thus illegitimate. Yoo argues that what made the experience of these women unique was the dual confrontation with modernity itself and with Japan as a colonial power. He shows that these women's self-images and self-definitions could not be separated from either the colonial context or the growing nationalist movement, while the new terrain they were venturing into was made all the more perilous by the power of surveillance.
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Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 3/4/2008
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Theodore Jun Yoois Assistant Professor of History at the University of Hawaii.
|List of Illustrations|
|Women in Choson Korea|
|The "New Woman" and the Politics of Love, Marriage, and Divorce in Colonial Korea|
|The Female Worker: From Home to the Factory|
|Discoursing in Numbers: The Female Worker and the Politics of Gender|
|The Colonized Body: Korean Women's Sexuality and Health|
|Guide to Romanization|