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Daughters of the Bear : An Anthology of Korean Women's Stories - Maite Diez

Daughters of the Bear

An Anthology of Korean Women's Stories

By: Maite Diez (Editor), Jennifer Mathews (Editor), Cho In-Gyong (Contribution by), Cho Mi-Yop (Contribution by), Cho Soo-Yong (Contribution by)

Paperback Published: 28th January 2004
ISBN: 9780761826750
Number Of Pages: 192

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Daughters of the Bear is an anthology of non-fiction by 53 Korean women such as a shopkeeper in Itaewon, a doctor in Apkujong, a musician in Myong-Dong, a housewife in Chamshil, and a student at Ewha Womans University. Shiver with a merchant as she recollects escaping with her sisters and mother across the 38th Parallel in a rowboat under Russian gunfire; share with a young professional her secret wedding to a coworker; and walk along the paths between green carpeted barley fields toward a woman's childhood home. Through their stories, Korean women of different generations explore family, sacrifice, memories, relationships, sexuality, society's expectations and constraints, education, and the search for fulfillment and identity. The book includes a foreword by Chang Pilwha and translations by Young-Oak Wells, Professor Kenneth Wells and Brother Anthony of Taize. For additional information on the editors and their publications visit www.daughtersofthebear.com.

Industry Reviews

In Daughters of the Bear, these Korean women raise up their candid voices in an open ended dialog with the reader. Books such as this make visible that which has been invisible so far. I encourage anyone who is interested in Korean culture, Korean women, and the situation in modern Korea to read this book.--Professor Chang Pilwha, Ewha Womans University Graduate School Korean Women's Institute Asian Center for Women's Studies "From The Foreword "

I Crossed the 38[superscript th] Parallel on July 25, 1948p. 1
My Grandmother's Generationp. 11
Wanderlustp. 13
Connected Housing, Disconnected Peoplep. 17
Market Roostersp. 19
The Last Dreamp. 23
Free Timep. 25
In Search of My Bean-Fieldp. 27
"You'd Better Get Married Soon"p. 33
What Hopes Did Your Parents Have for You?p. 35
The Short Joyful Momentp. 37
Oh Sad Mountain, despite the Autumn Colorsp. 39
My Expectationsp. 43
My Aunt's Herstoryp. 45
Letter from a Teenagerp. 47
A Day Seems Long and Yet Shortp. 49
My Aunt's Secret Storyp. 51
Love Afloat Bamboo Winep. 53
Love Makes Us Feel Lonelyp. 59
Sexy Man Syndromep. 63
Son Preference and Other Traditionsp. 67
Roadside Trees (1) and (2)p. 71
The Power of Old Thingsp. 73
My Grandmotherp. 75
Destiny in Lifep. 79
A Korean Style Couplep. 81
Unfinished Saturdaysp. 85
Absencep. 89
The First Spring Outing for My Whole Familyp. 91
My Husband and Wildflowersp. 93
One Day in a Villagep. 97
The Traditional Korean Woman's Thoughnessp. 101
Fragments of Life in the Wardrobe Drawerp. 103
A Woman Whom I Respect the Mostp. 107
Eight Years of Married Lifep. 111
Ip. 115
Rootsp. 117
My Eldest Daughter, In-sonp. 119
Women in Koreap. 121
My Lifep. 125
Letter to the Editorsp. 127
The Strength of Korean Womenp. 131
Note from a Pizza Parlor Waitressp. 135
Mothers' Soul in Our Bloodp. 137
A Secret Is Still a Secretp. 141
A Gingko Treep. 145
Is the Korean Mother Strong?p. 147
The Optimum Length of Bok Choi Cabbage Kim-ch'i Is in Proportion to the Size of the Dishp. 149
Treading on the Barley Fieldp. 153
Offering Food to the Ancestorsp. 157
Whose Responsibility?p. 161
Degree of Kinshipp. 163
Map of Korean Peninsulap. 167
Indexp. 169
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780761826750
ISBN-10: 0761826750
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 28th January 2004
Publisher: UNIV PR OF AMER
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.34 x 13.82  x 1.55
Weight (kg): 0.27