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. Conclusion

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/9780520098695.003.0007
. Conclusion

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Korean women still have a huge barrier to overcome despite their freedom from woman seclusion; they have to endure the image of Western or American women as modern, liberated, and progressive. The American missionaries and their relationship with Koreans were a starting point for the genealogies of modern womanhood in Korea mainly because the missionaries were the first group of Western women to introduce modernity, knowledge, and culture to Korean women through education and other various activities. With the education imparted by the missionaries, Korean women grew and became productive to their society, and they have narrowed the gap between genders. Korean women's involvement in the church activities also began to alter the scope and quality of their lives, offering them opportunities to learn not only religious teachings but also cultural and social skills in the public sphere.

Keywords: Korean; women; missionaries; American women; modernity; education

Chapter.  2950 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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