BYU Asian Studies Journal


Midori Raymond


BYU Asian Studies, Korea, nationalism, feminism, han


Women constitute roughly half of the population, yet in most patriarchal societies they are placed second to men. Throughout the course of history, there have been several attempts to improve the standing of women within the home and society to match that of their male counterparts. These attempts to achieve gender equality can be categorized as feminism. In South Korea (hereafter Korea), there have been many such attempts. Since the Japanese colonial period, many things have contributed to the rise of modern feminism in Korea; nationalism, speaking out against sexual assault, and the female experience with han can be considered as roots of feminism in Korea. The vehicles for and the aims of feminism changed this period, ultimately evolving into what feminism means to Koreans today.