[KS] A Note for the Community

Heather Willoughby headzyby at yahoo.com
Mon Nov 5 15:04:01 EST 2012

I first want to thank Professor David
 McCann for bringing this issue to light.  As the co-author, I should 
have done so myself when the article was first published in 2011. It is a
 serious problem that has had far reaching affects. 

However, at this time I wish to publicly apologize to Ivanna Yi that
 her name was omitted from the publication.  The primary premise of the article was Ivanna's idea, and the analysis of the Tale of
 Ch'unhyang in the paper was written by her.

It was never my intention to receive sole credit for the article, 
and although I discussed the problem with the journal at length both 
before and after the article was published, I apologize to Ivanna that 
her name was removed and she did not receive proper credit as the 

I concur with Professor McCann that the journal, Asian Women, 
does have its merits and is of value in publishing many well-written articles about gender-related issues in
 Asia, but also believe the policy to exclude scholars who do not hold a 
Ph.D. is seriously flawed.

Heather Willoughby

--- On Fri, 10/26/12, McCann, David <dmccann at fas.harvard.edu> wrote:

From: McCann, David <dmccann at fas.harvard.edu>
Subject: Re: [KS] A Note for the Community
To: "Korean Studies Discussion List" <koreanstudies at koreaweb.ws>
Date: Friday, October 26, 2012, 7:13 PM

A correction:  "they did not wish to publish work by a graduate student," not "they did not with..."
My apologies.  

Sent from my iPad
On Oct 26, 2012, at 5:57 PM, "McCann, David" <dmccann at fas.harvard.edu> wrote:

write to the Korean Studies website with a notice about a scholarly paper, and
a cautionary tale.  The
notice has to do with an article published in the journal and website Asian
Women, based at Sookmyung Women’s University in Seoul.  The title of the article, published in
Vol. 27 # 2, 2011, of the journal is "The
Performance of Virtue and the Loss of Female Individuality in Chosôn Korea: A
Feminist Reading of the Tale of Ch’unhyang.”  The article
was actually written by two people, one given credit in the journal, and the
other, supposedly because she does not have the Ph.D., given none.  For the
scholarly record, I would note here that the other author of the article, whose
name was omitted from the published article, is Ivanna Yi, a graduate student
in the Ph.D. program in Korean literature at Harvard.  For the
Korean Studies community, however, I would also sound this cautionary
note.  The journal in question, Asian
Women, deliberately removed the name of the second author because they did
not with to publish work by a graduate student.  Informed of their error, the journal has refused to
make a correction.  I offer this
case as a cautionary tale. 
Whatever its other virtues may be, the journal Asian Women does
not respect the individuality of all the members of the scholarly, academic
community in which it seeks to play a part.  
David McCann

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