Women, gender, and social change in colonial Korea

Authored by: Sonja M. Kim

Routledge Handbook of Modern Korean History

Print publication date:  January  2016
Online publication date:  January  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415739313
eBook ISBN: 9781315816722
Adobe ISBN: 9781317811497


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Reform! … Liberation! This is the call of women who have been confined to the deep, dark, inner chambers for thousands of years … Truly the time has come for change … In order to reform society, we must first reform the family, society’s most basic and fundamental unit. In order to reform the family, we have to liberate women, who are the masters of the house. And we must first liberate women if we are to catch up with the rest of the world, be competitive, lead lives that can be respected by other states, and transform our social structure.

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