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Gender and Mission Encounters in Korea: New Women, Old Ways

Hyaeweol Choi


This book traces the genealogy of modern womanhood in the encounters between Koreans and American Protestant missionaries in the early twentieth century, during Korea's colonization by Japan. The author shows that what it meant to be a “modern” Korean woman was deeply bound up in such diverse themes as Korean nationalism, Confucian gender practices, images of the West and Christianity, and a growing desire for selfhood. Her historically specific, textured analysis sheds new light on the interplay between local and global politics of gender and modernity.

Keywords: modern womanhood, Koreans, American Protestant missionaries, early twentieth century, Korea's colonization, Japan, modern Korean woman, Korean nationalism, Confucian gender practices, images of Christianity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780520098695
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520098695.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hyaeweol Choi, author