Chapter

. Disciplining the Modern Body and Mind

HYAEWEOL CHOI

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520098695.003.0004
. Disciplining the Modern Body and Mind

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In 1918, a Christian Korean intellectual and educator, Yun Ch'i-ho, stated that “if the Christian missionaries had accomplished nothing else in Korea, the introduction of female education alone deserves our lasting gratitude.” The first girls' school in Korea was founded by the missionaries at a time when neither the Korean government nor private citizens paid any attention to female education. The gratitude shared by many Koreans significantly contributed to the image of American women missionaries as the pioneers of modern womanhood in Korea. Given the long history of seclusion of women and the absence of formal schooling for women in old Korea, mission schools undoubtedly served as a platform for the unsettling Confucian doctrine about women's inferiority in intelligence and heralding modern womanhood. However, the trajectory in the founding and development of mission schools for girls presents a more complex picture.

Keywords: Korea; missionaries; modern body; womanhood; mission schools; female education

Chapter.  15788 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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