Munk School Asian Institute Presents Transnational Domesticity in the Making of Modern Korea

hyaeweol-choi-bannerThe Asian Institute of the Munk School of Global Affairs introduces a presentation by Professor Hyaeweol Choi from the Australian National University.

hyaeweol-choi-poster-picThe topic of study for this presentation is on modern domesticity in colonial-era Korea, which has generally been understood using the twin parameters of nationalism and colonialism. Much less attention has been paid to the impact of a transpacific network, mainly between the US and Korea through the Christian missionary societies, on the formation of modern domesticity before, during and after Japanese colonial rule.

Professor Choi will demonstrate the ways in which Korea’s modern domesticity was shaped by not only Japanese colonial policies but also the notion of modernity that was transmitted, reinterpreted and performed through the transpacific network that had formed among the Korean elite and American missionaries. Taking the idea of “modern home” as a key locus where national, colonial and missionary projects converged, how the intimate private sphere was rendered as one of the most dynamic sites for uncovering the confluence of interaction between the local, the national and the global will be discussed.

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