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The (Non)Virgin Suicides: The Rose of Sharon Alliance, Feudal Morality, and the Debate over the Concept of Chastity in Colonial Korea
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 6:00pm

Institute for Asian Studies Presents

The (Non)Virgin Suicides: The Rose of Sharon Alliance, Feudal Morality, and the Debate over the Concept of Chastity in Colonial Korea

Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Time: 6:00pm

Location: PSU SMSU #327

(1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201)

Free and Open to the public

 

About the lecture
One of the central goals of the Rose of Sharon Alliance (Kŭnuhoe, 1927-1931), colonial Korea’s largest women’s organization, was the abolition of “feudal morality.” In the 1920s and 30s, Rose of Alliance leaders and other women’s rights activists attacked feudal morality for encouraging various misogynistic practices and ideas, and among these the idea of chastity (chŏngjo) came under fire. The neologism chŏngjoron (“chastitology”) was even coined to describe the competing theories and definitions that surrounded this nebulous, often mercurial concept. Amidst all of this deliberation, the idea of chastity continued to play a real, tangible role in the lives of women, as the loss of chastity could warrant divorce, or in rare cases even suicide. This talk investigates the activism of the Rose of Sharon Alliance vis-à-vis this battle over chastity in the late 1920s and early 1930s in Korea under Japanese rule.

 

 

 About the Speaker: Danny Kim is a Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Portland State, specializing in Korean history. Drawing from two years as a visiting researcher at Seoul National University and Waseda University, his work focuses on the Rose of Sharon Alliance, a feminist organization active during Japan’s colonization of Korea. A new addition to PSU in 2017, his teaching areas for the 2018-2019 academic year include a transnational history of Korea through diaspora, a “long history” of the northern half of the Korean peninsula, and historical controversies surrounding Korea and East Asia.

 

 

 

 

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