Journal of Undergraduate Research


social stratification, inequality, premodern Korean literature, qualitative research, slavery




Asian and Near Eastern Languages


Introduction This project seeks to explore the social stratification and inequality by examining the premodern Korean literature, in order to determine the meaning and significance of the cultural and social roles the slaves played in the premodern era (i.e. before 1900s) in Korea.

Through preliminary research, the research team has found that slaves play a vital role (such as an important communication mode between characters) in premodern Korean literature. The research team examined the works in order to find specific examples and recognize how significant the slaves were.

There is a big hole to fill to educate the students in America and the world about accurate Korean history and culture. This project aimed to help clarify any misunderstandings of the Korean social inequality system in the premodern era and its impact on society.