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Workshop on Korean Studies



Hyaeweol Choi
College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University Transpacific Aspiration toward Modern Domesticity in Japanese Colonial-era Korea


13 Apr 2018

4:00 p.m.
4.36 Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus



Discussant: Dr. Elizabeth LaCouture
Department of History, SOH, HKU


Moderator: Dr. Paul Cha
Korea Foundation Assistant Professor, Korean Studies Programme, HKU


This talk is part of a larger research project that reexamines the gender history of modern Korea from a transnational perspective. The project focuses on the dynamic flow of the ideas, discourses and people across national boundaries that have triggered new gender norms, reformed domestic practices, fostered a sense of locality and the world and helped women claim new space in the public sphere. In this presentation, I specifically focus on the impact that a transpacific network facilitated by US Protestant missionary societies had on the formation of modern domesticity in Japanese colonial-era Korea (1910-1945). Aiming to go beyond the simple binary framework of the colonizer and the colonized, I illustrate how the transpacific network played a central role in transmitting, interpreting and performing modern domesticity. Taking the idea of "modern home" as a point of convergence for national, colonial and missionary projects, I demonstrate how the intimate private sphere became one of the most dynamic sites for uncovering the interactions between the local, the national and the global.


Hyaeweol Choi is ANU-Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies at the Australian National University. Before she joined the faculty at ANU in 2010, she taught at Arizona State University, Smith College and the University of Kansas. Her research interests are in the areas of gender, religion, modernity, colonialism and transnational history. She is the author of Gender and Mission Encounters in Korea: New Women, Old Ways (2009) and New Women in Colonial Korea (2013). She also co-edited the book, Divine Domesticities: Christian Paradoxes in Asia and the Pacific (2014) and co-authored the book, Gender in Modern East Asia (2016), among others. She has been playing a leadership role in the fields of Korean Studies, Asian Studies and gender studies in Korea, the U.S and Australia, serving in a variety of capacities for various professional organizations, including the Association for Asian Studies, the Korean Studies Association of Australasia, the Journal of Asian Studies and the Journal of Korean Religions.


Co-sponsored by Korean Studies Programme, Faculty of Arts Committee on Gender Equality and Diversity and the Department of History.


All are welcome. No registration is required.