In 2000, I interviewed Prof. Kim Sook-jin, a teacher of women’s studies at a Korean university, for Bridges: Intercultural Conversation. The chapter on women’s history began with a discussion of the women’s movement in the United States and then moved on to the Korean women’s movement.
Kim Sook-jin’s story
In Korea we’re getting going with our support of women-friendly political candidates. We have had more success in organizing demonstrations, putting pressure on politicians and educating the public. At first we were primarily interested in changing the laws. Now, I would say the laws are pretty good, although enforcing them
Women do not have it easy in the Korean workplace. Many white collar jobs consist of finding employment in your early twenties as a bank teller or “office flower” (doing coffee, copies and cleaning, as well as running errands, doing minor assignments and bolstering male egos), never getting promoted and being forced to retire after your family (particularly your father) has pressured you into getting married when you’re around twenty-five. There are ways around it, though. Here are two such stories,
Around 2002, I interviewed a friend of mine for the English-language textbook I wrote for my students at Dongguk … Read More