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Gender and Mission Encounters in Korea: New Women, Old Ways (review)

Gender and Mission Encounters in Korea: New Women, Old Ways (review) Book Reviews 163 Gender and Mission Encounters in Korea: New Women, Old Ways.By Hyaeweol Choi, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009, xv + 280p. Through her book, Gender and Mission Encounters in Korea: New Women, Old Ways, Hyaeweol Choi has contributed substantially to the complex academic discourse on mission history and modernization in Korean society at the turn of the twentieth century. With the assumption that historical truth is never simplistic, Choi lets the facts speak for themselves to illustrate a cross-cultural women’s history of this time period that is multifaceted and new to many readers. She challenges the prevailing notion that Protestant western women missionaries to Korea were the molders of the emerging new Korean womanhood. More- over, with much textual evidence, Choi explains how Korean women were caught in the vortex of a Korean nationalist sentiment and patriarchal Con- fucian and Protestant cultural contexts, yet forged paths to modern selfhood. However, neither does Choi dismiss women missionaries as merely agents of western imperialism; rather, she carefully points to the development of self- hood among the women missionaries themselves. Thus, the reader is given a layered picture of the lives of Korean women and women missionaries that depicts http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Korean Religions University of Hawai'I Press

Gender and Mission Encounters in Korea: New Women, Old Ways (review)

Journal of Korean Religions , Volume 3 (1) – Jul 14, 2012

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © Institute for the Study of Religion, Sogang University, Korea
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2093-7288
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Abstract

Book Reviews 163 Gender and Mission Encounters in Korea: New Women, Old Ways.By Hyaeweol Choi, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009, xv + 280p. Through her book, Gender and Mission Encounters in Korea: New Women, Old Ways, Hyaeweol Choi has contributed substantially to the complex academic discourse on mission history and modernization in Korean society at the turn of the twentieth century. With the assumption that historical truth is never simplistic, Choi lets the facts speak for themselves to illustrate a cross-cultural women’s history of this time period that is multifaceted and new to many readers. She challenges the prevailing notion that Protestant western women missionaries to Korea were the molders of the emerging new Korean womanhood. More- over, with much textual evidence, Choi explains how Korean women were caught in the vortex of a Korean nationalist sentiment and patriarchal Con- fucian and Protestant cultural contexts, yet forged paths to modern selfhood. However, neither does Choi dismiss women missionaries as merely agents of western imperialism; rather, she carefully points to the development of self- hood among the women missionaries themselves. Thus, the reader is given a layered picture of the lives of Korean women and women missionaries that depicts

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Journal of Korean ReligionsUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jul 14, 2012

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