[KS] gender in 20C Korea

Michael Springate michaelspringate at telus.net
Tue Jan 18 22:15:59 EST 2005

Dear Ji-Yeon and other interested readers:

If you are interested in the relation of gender issues to economic policy, I
strongly recommend "Rural Woman and Triple Exploitation in Korean
Development" by Dong-Sook Shin Gills, St. Martin's Press, 1999.

There is, I think, much to commend the book, in particular the way she
thoughtfully navigates between a sensitivity to the realities of rural life,
the intent (and vagaries) of national economic policy, and the usage of
critical terms.

I would be curious, if you do read it, to hear your comments as to how it
might fit into your program and, equally, how other list members feel about
the work.

Michael Springate
Graduate student, MFA program
Simon Fraser University,
Vancouver, Canada

On 1/18/05 12:57 PM, "Robert Oppenheim" <rmo at mail.utexas.edu> wrote:

> Dear Ji-Yeon (and all),
> Several of the ethnographies of middle-class life (Lett's In Pursuit of
> Status, Nelson's Measured Excess) present interesting perspectives on
> contemporary gender and its historical transformations.  I taught them both
> (in dialogue) last term and found students really responded well.  (Of
> course, that is in addition to the other fine books on your list...)
> Rob Oppenheim
> Department of Asian Studies
> 1 University Station G9300
> Austin, TX 78712
> At 09:18 AM 1/18/2005 -1000, you wrote:
>> Dear Ji-Yeon (and interested readers),
>> You've compiled an interesting list.  Other list participants will
>> probably comment further, but on the "comfort women" issue, if you are
>> going to use only one book I would suggest something other than George
>> Hicks' book.  There are several possibilities, but one you might want to
>> look at is Yuki Tanaka's _Japan's Comfort Women: Sexual Slavery and
>> Prostitution during World War II and the US Occupation_.  Obviously, it
>> goes beyond the war years, and looks both at sexual slavery and
>> occupation-era prostitution, which may or may not be an advantage for
>> your class.  While the section on sexual slavery is shorter than Hicks'
>> book, it does not show the signs of sensationalism and haste that are
>> evident in Hicks, while still retaining the horrifying sense of
>> degradation that the system inflicted.
>> Cheers,
>> Michael Allen
>> Brigham Young University Hawaii

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