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The Politics of Gender in Colonial Korea: Education, Labor, and Health, 1910-1945

Theodore JunYoo


This study examines how the concept of “Korean woman” underwent a radical transformation in Korea's public discourse during the years of Japanese colonialism. The book shows that as women moved out of traditional spheres to occupy new positions outside the home, they encountered the pervasive control of the colonial state, which sought to impose modernity on them. While some Korean women conformed to the dictates of colonial hegemony, others took deliberate pains to distinguish between what was “modern” (e.g., Western outfits) and thus legitimate, and what was “Japanese,” and thus illegitimate ... More

Keywords: Korean woman, Korea, Japanese colonialism, colonial hegemony, colonial power, modernity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780520252882
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520252882.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Theodore JunYoo, author