Women Struggling For a New Life: The Role of Religion in the Cultural Passage From Korea to America / Edition 1

Women Struggling For a New Life: The Role of Religion in the Cultural Passage From Korea to America / Edition 1

by Ai Ra Kim
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791427382

ISBN-13: 9780791427385

Pub. Date: 01/10/1996

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Kim explores the religious impact, particularly that of the Korean Methodist Church, on the lives of Korean immigrant ilse (first generation) in the United States. To most of these women, America is new soil, and they need to adjust to a different cultural and social environment. Consequently, they may be confused and frustrated. As a community center, the Korean

Overview

Kim explores the religious impact, particularly that of the Korean Methodist Church, on the lives of Korean immigrant ilse (first generation) in the United States. To most of these women, America is new soil, and they need to adjust to a different cultural and social environment. Consequently, they may be confused and frustrated. As a community center, the Korean church plays a significant role in their lives. Kim examines the church, to determine if it is helpful or detrimental to these women as they adjust to their lives in the United States.

Although the history of Korean immigrants in the United States is almost 100 years old, resources about Korean immigrants, particularly women, are scarce. These women have long been invisible and unheard in American society as well as in the Korean community and church. Their experiences as minority women and their painful struggle for survival in patriarchal Korean churches reflect not only the plight of women but also genuine human struggle.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791427385
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
01/10/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
233
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

1. Introduction

2. Women of Yesterday: Women of the Yi Dynasty

The Social Principle
Marriage
Public Life and Work
Education
Religion
Ideal Women
New Women
Theory of Adjustment
Immigration to America: Emergence of New Women
Americanization of New Women
The Early Immigrant Church and Women's Advancement
Korean Nationalism of the Early Immigrant Women
Women's Roles and Status in Family and Economic Arena

3. Women of Today (1945-Present): Immigrant Ilse Women in the United States

Women in Modern Education and Religion
Women's Destiny: Marriage
Hidden Priestesses
Immigration and Ilse Women's New Experiences in the United States
Women Students: Women Liberals
The Emergence of Professional andSemi-Professional Women: Adventurous Challengers
The Reappearance of Korean "Warrior Women" in the American Context
Women and the Korean Immigrant Church in the United States
The Significance of the Church
The Status of Women in the Immigrant Church
The Role of Women in the Immigrant Church

4. The Religious Factor in the Lives of Korean Ilse Immigrant Women in America

Christianity in Women's Daily Life
The Operative View of God:Sexist-Anthropomorphism
Jesus, the Selfless Savior, as Women's Role Model
Women in Marriage and Family
Male Preference in Families
Women's Role and Status in the Family Structure
Self-Denial and Self-Assertion
New Self-Cultivation
Other-Worldliness and This-Worldliness
Ilse Women in Transition

5. The Dynamics of Ilse Christian Women's Adaptation to Society

Women and Education
Old Wisdom and New Knowledge
Self-Sustainer
Appendix Self
Women and Work
Second-Class Persons
Career-Development

6. Conclusion

Appendix 1. Sample Questionnaire
Appendix 2. Primary Sources: Information on the Interviewees

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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