Korean Women in the Early 20th Century

three Korean women picture bridesThe Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies, the Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies, and the Kore­an Asso­ci­a­tion of Women’s His­to­ry will present a one-day con­fer­ence Fri­day, Sep­tem­ber 25, 2015, on the his­to­ry of Kore­an women abroad in the ear­ly twen­ti­eth cen­tu­ry.

The conference–titled “Across the Pacif­ic Ocean: Kore­an Women in the Ear­ly 20th Cen­tu­ry”– will present the sec­ond-year results of research on the sub­ject of “Migra­tion of Kore­an Women for Study in the Unit­ed States in the Mod­ern Era,” a part of the Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies’ research project, “Kore­an Val­ues and Cul­ture in the Glob­al Era.”

Sev­en papers will be pre­sent­ed by schol­ars from Korea, the Unit­ed States, and Japan.The papers focus on the lives of two groups of Kore­an women: some who migrat­ed to the Unit­ed States in the ear­ly twen­ti­eth cen­tu­ry as so-called pic­ture brides to mar­ry Kore­an labor­ers and oth­ers who trav­eled abroad to study.

The con­fer­ence will take place in Burns Hall Room 4005/4009 at the East-West Cen­ter, 1601 East-West Road, on the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i Mānoa campus.The pro­gram begins at 8:30 a.m. and con­tin­ues until 4:00 p.m. Addi­tion­al details are in the sched­ule below. Please note that most of the pre­sen­ta­tions will be deliv­ered in Kore­an.

Conference Schedule

8:30 a.m.
Open­ing speech and con­grat­u­la­to­ry address
Open­ing speech: Kim Sung-Eun (AKS Project Man­ag­er, Daegu Haany Uni­ver­si­ty)
Remarks: R. Ander­son Sut­ton (Dean, SPAS, Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i)
Remarks: Sang-Hyop Lee (Direc­tor, CKS, Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i)
Morn­ing ses­sionMod­er­a­tor: Edward J. Shultz (Emer­i­tus Pro­fes­sor, His­to­ry, Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i)
9:00–9:45 a.m.“Coun­try-less Iden­ti­ty: A Kore­an Woman in post­war Japan and Kore­ans in Pre­war Hawaii”
Pre­sen­ter: Rika Lee (Lec­tur­er, Tama Art Uni­ver­si­ty)
Dis­cus­sant: Chizuko Allen (Research and Fel­low­ship Coor­di­na­tor, Asian Stud­ies, Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i)
9:45–10:30 a.m.“Pub­li­ca­tion of Edu­ca­tion­al Lit­er­a­ture for Women and Re-Cre­ation of Tra­di­tion­al Val­ues in the Kore­an Enlight­en­ment and Colo­nial Peri­ods”
Pre­sen­ter: Jeong Hae-Eun (Researcher, The Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies)
Dis­cus­sant: Hye-ryeon Lee (Pro­fes­sor, Com­mu­ni­col­o­gy, Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i)
10:30–11:15 a.m.“Immi­grant Lives of Three Ewha Grad­u­ates in Hawaii from 1916”
Pre­sen­ter: Duk Hee Lee Murabayashi (Direc­tor, Kore­an Immi­gra­tion Research Insti­tute in Hawaii)
Dis­cus­sant: Seunghye Hong (Pro­fes­sor, Social Work, Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i)
11:15 a.m.-12:00 noon“A Com­par­a­tive Study of the Kore­an and Japan­ese Pic­ture Brides and Their Char­ac­ter­is­tics”
Pre­sen­ter: Kim Ji-Won (Pro­fes­sor, Myongji Uni­ver­si­ty)
Dis­cus­sant: Yean-ju Lee (Pro­fes­sor, Soci­ol­o­gy, Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i)
12:00 noon-12:45 p.m.Lunch break
After­noon Ses­sionMod­er­a­tor: Tae-Ung Baik (Pro­fes­sor, Law, Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i)
12:45–1:30 p.m.
“The Kore­an Pic­ture Bride Move­ment to Hawaii: Post-Arrival”
Pre­sen­ter: Wayne Pat­ter­son (Pro­fes­sor, His­to­ry, St. Nor­bert Col­lege)
Dis­cus­sant: Christo­pher Bae (Pro­fes­sor, Anthro­pol­o­gy, Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i)
1:30–2:15 p.m.“A Study of Ear­ly Kore­an Female Stu­dents Set­tled in the Unit­ed States”
Pre­sen­ter: Kim Jeom-Sook (Pro­fes­sor, Myongji Uni­ver­si­ty)
Dis­cus­sant: Bum-Jung Kim (Pro­fes­sor, Social Work, Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i
2:15–3:00 p.m.
“Inter­na­tion­al Activ­i­ties and Per­cep­tion of Kore­an Female Intel­lec­tu­als Study­ing in the U.S. in the 1920s–1950s”
Pre­sen­ter: Kim Sung-Eun (Pro­fes­sor, Insti­tute of Gen­er­al Edu­ca­tion, Daegu Haany Uni­ver­si­ty)
Dis­cus­sant: Hagen Koo (Pro­fes­sor, Soci­ol­o­gy, Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i)
3:00–3:30
Over­all Dis­cus­sion
Clos­ing Remarks:
Kim Jeom-Sook (Kore­an Asso­ci­a­tion of Women’s His­to­ry Inter­na­tion­al Coop­er­a­tion Direc­tor, Myongji Uni­ver­si­ty)