Mainly talk about what changes in Korean women’s life emerged during the colonial time: Changes in Domestic(i.e.Gender-focused), social(i.e.education, classes disparity among women, etc), economic, and cultural levels
*Do not focus on comfortable women
*Focus on ordinary/commoner women
Reconfiguring Korean Women’s Life during the Japanese Colonial Period
In Korea, the issue of women’s status in the society has been on for a long period, especially during the Japanese colonial era. Women have fought steady and slow to gain their right of equality for centuries as they have been treated wrongly and suffered under a patriarchal society. The Japanese rule over Korea saw the status of women decline, a situation that has since been from the abolishment of the Japanese rule and the fight for equality. Seth (2016, p.4) points out that, the status of women is still not that good when compared to the colonial times as they are still been treated as the inferiors in the society by men. They are still below the men in terms of economic and social status. They, therefore, have to depend on men for their social status to be recognized. The Japanese colonization of Korea from 1910 to 1945 is the foundation of postwar tensions between Korea and Japan (Seth, p.107). The mistreatment of women by their colonial masters is still an issue of dispute between these two countries. According to (), the Japanese government at the time took advantage of the low social status that the women had to rise and gain power over the Koreans. This paper focuses on the Korean women during the Japanese colonial period from 1910 to 1945 and the impact that the colonial authorities had on the identities of women and their daily lives.
History of Japanese Colonialism
In the nineteenth century, major imperial powers around the world were in a rush to obtain as many colonies as possible as these colonies would increase trade influence and satisfied the pursue colonial ambitions by the masters. Korea was a colony whom Japan, Russia, and China wanted to colonize (Fujitani, p.13). Other powers such as United States, France, and Britain were also involved at some point in this race. Finally, Japan was able to establish their rule over Korea. Japan viewed its colonies as areas where they could expand their agricultural and industrial activities. The influence on Korea by Japan was further strengthened by its triumph in the Russo-Japanese War that took place in 1905 (Fujitani, p.64).
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