. Doing It for Her Self Sin yŏsŏng (New Women) in Korea


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:
. Doing It for Her Self Sin yŏsŏng (New Women) in Korea

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The phenomenon of the New Women (sin yosong) in the 1920s and 1930s marked a significant milestone showing Korea's progress to modernity that began in the late nineteenth century. The discourse on modern womanhood that had been dominated by male intellectuals began to be transformed by the first generation of educated women in print media and urban space, and the society and government were beginning to recognize women. The emergence of New Women in Korea was significantly aligned with a global trend. The term New Women was first introduced by Sarah Grand in the North American Review in 1894 and was effectively employed by English and American women who struggled “against the constraints of Victorian norms of femininity” in their pursuit of an alternative life. The New Women also became a powerful symbol of modernity, change, and future.

Keywords: New Women; government; womanhood; Korea; Sarah Grand; modernity

Chapter.  14284 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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