Colloquium: Has Socialism Liberated Women in North Korea?

The Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies spring col­lo­qui­um series con­tin­ues on Thurs­day, March 13, 2008, with a pre­sen­ta­tion by Jean-Kyung Chung titled “Has Social­ism Lib­er­at­ed Women in North Korea? A Com­par­a­tive Study of Gen­der Role Stereo­types and Val­ues of Two Kore­as.” The col­lo­qui­um will be held in the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies con­fer­ence room begin­ning at 4 p.m.

Jean-Kyung Chung is pro­fes­sor of psy­chol­o­gy at Chung­buk Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty. She will dis­cuss a study that focused on gen­der-role dif­fer­ences and con­flicts between South and North Kore­ans. The study involved one hun­dred and fifty North Kore­an refugees in South Korea, both female and male, ages rang­ing from 14 to 62, who com­plet­ed a ques­tion­naire that includ­ed mea­sures of gen­der-relat­ed per­son­al­i­ty char­ac­ter­is­tics (KSRI) and egal­i­tar­i­an­ism. The results revealed that North Kore­ans are more gen­der-typed in per­son­al­i­ty com­pared to South Kore­ans. Women showed sig­nif­i­cant­ly high­er fem­i­nin­i­ty, and men showed sig­nif­i­cant­ly high­er mas­culin­i­ty, where­as South Kore­an data do not show much dif­fer­ence between women and men.

For more infor­ma­tion about Pro­fes­sor Chung and her pre­sen­ta­tion, see http://www.hawaii.edu/korea/pages/announce/events2008/coming19.html.