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.