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Women in the SkyGender and Labor in the Making of Modern Korea$
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Hwasook Nam

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781501758263

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501758263.001.0001

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Coping with Women Strikers

Coping with Women Strikers

Nation, Class, and Gender under Colonial Rule

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Women in the Sky

Hwasook Nam

Cornell University Press

This chapter reviews the ways the nationalist news media talked about yŏgong activists. Knowledge producers and social movement activists of colonial Korea had tried to fix yŏgong identity and narrate their miseries and potentials in particular ways. At the same time, voices and actions of women workers themselves pointed to a new kind of yŏgong subjectivity that was developing in tension with mainstream discourses about them. This evidence hints at changing social perceptions of yŏgong and also highlights new forms of consciousness and subjectivity emerging among some yŏgong. The chapter then investigates the aftermath of the P'yŏngwŏn Rubber strike, especially a fascinating experiment of building a worker-owned factory. It ends with consideration of the question of how Kang Churyong was remembered.

Keywords:   yŏgong activists, colonial Korea, yŏgong identity, women workers, P'yŏngwŏn Rubber strike, worker-owned factory, Kang Churyong

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