. Re-Orienting Gender


in Gender and Mission Encounters in Korea

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780520098695
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943780 | DOI:
. Re-Orienting Gender

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In 1938, the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church published a book entitled Fifty Years of Light to celebrate the fiftieth year of the Korea mission. The foreword in the book was contributed by J.S Ryang, the Korean superintendent of the Korean Methodist Church. He praised the power of these missionaries and how they had helped to bring the Korean a new womanhood. Ryang also congratulated them for bringing Korean women to “a new world,” noting that Korean women were now able to pursue higher education and professional career. These women missionaries promoted themselves as agents that brought light to the darkness of Korea, where women had lived “a life of want, vice, and ignorance.” With the guidance and help of the missionaries, Korean women started to rise up and use their growing powers.

Keywords: Korean; missionaries; woman; womanhood; church; gender

Chapter.  8683 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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