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Pressures Korean women face

Ever since I was able to listen to lectures by Dr. Jenny Pak, I have been looking for her book, Korean American Women: Stories of Acculturation and Changing Selves. It is easy enough to locate on Amazon but at over $100, I have been trying to find other options.  Well, I found it at the library where I am studying yesterday and checked it out.

Jenny was one of our lectures at the member care and counseling seminar my wife and I attend last November and she is a great story teller as well as being a scholar.  Since we have a number of Koreans in our mission, I thought this book would be helpful.  Jenny is writing about the challenges of Korean (women) immigrants face as they live in the U.S.  Instead of fitting into both worlds (American and traditional Korean), they struggle to fit in both.

Here is a quote from chapter two of the book.

We have seen how the contrasting traditional characters of “warrior-like household priestess” and “other-oriented, selfless self” have been fused to form Korean immigrant women’s identities as other-oriented, selfless warrior mothers and wives who would do any and all things to improve the economic security of their family in America.” 42

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