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Gender and Mission Encounters in KoreaNew Women, Old Ways$
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Hyaeweol Choi

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520098695

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520098695.001.0001

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. Doing It for Her Self Sin yŏsŏng (New Women) in Korea

. Doing It for Her Self Sin yŏsŏng (New Women) in Korea

(p.145) 6. Doing It for Her Self Sin yŏsŏng (New Women) in Korea
Gender and Mission Encounters in Korea


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The phenomenon of the New Women (sin yosong) in the 1920s and 1930s marked a significant milestone showing Korea's progress to modernity that began in the late nineteenth century. The discourse on modern womanhood that had been dominated by male intellectuals began to be transformed by the first generation of educated women in print media and urban space, and the society and government were beginning to recognize women. The emergence of New Women in Korea was significantly aligned with a global trend. The term New Women was first introduced by Sarah Grand in the North American Review in 1894 and was effectively employed by English and American women who struggled “against the constraints of Victorian norms of femininity” in their pursuit of an alternative life. The New Women also became a powerful symbol of modernity, change, and future.

Keywords:   New Women, government, womanhood, Korea, Sarah Grand, modernity

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