Korean Minjok Leadership Academy

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Report Library Visit, May. 31 2012
Bibliography 2nd draft, May. 30 2012
Bibliography , Apr. 11 2012

Report of the Visit to Myongji-LG Korean Studies Library . . Go to Teacher's Comment

When: 28 April 2012
Where: Myongji-LG Korean Studies Library, Myongji University, Seoul.
Who: Mr. Ganse, Sehee Lee, ChungHyun Lee, and Hyejin Lee.

The purpose of the visit:
Established in 1995, Myongji-LG Korean Studies Library contains a special collection of Korea-related books and documents in western languages published from 1588 until 1950. My topic for the history project study is about high-class women in China and Korea since 1300s. By searching through the westerners¡¯ travel logs, academic books on Korea, magazines, photos, etc, I expected to find some accounts related to my topic. Prior to the visit, I looked through Bibliography of Western Language Publications on Korea 1588-1950 and created a list of publications whose titles indicating any relations to women in Korea or social history of Chosen Dynasty.

What I found there:

1. Woodsmall, Ruth Frances. Eastern Women - Today and Tomorrow.
This book, for the most part, deals with women in China, Japan and India around the early 1900s. I found one specific chapter whose title is 'Romance of Social Change' that might provide clues for my paper. It compares and contrasts the social changes which brought women more freedom and rights during the early 1900s in China, Japan and India. The changes in China included the marriage age being raised, personal choice of marriage, protests against sharing the home with another wife, changing attitude toward divorce, etc. Unfortunately, when I read thoroughly through this chapter, I found little information directly pertaining to my topic.

2. Underwood, Mrs. HG. "Women's Work for Women in Korea" in The Missionary Review of the World, vol. XVIII no.7.
It is an article published in a missionary magazine whose purpose is to introduce the western readers the situation of Korean women and the missionaries¡¯ works to improve the situation. The Korean women were portrayed quite miserably in this article, being absolutely subjugated by the mother-in-laws, and shut in the inner corner of home by husbands, as the author says, ¡°the young marriageable girls from ten or eleven to twenty and high-caste women of all ages, are very closely confined.¡± And then the article moves on to describe the missionary¡¯s works to improve women¡¯s lives and the output of their efforts. This article is helpful to this project in a way that it provides the views of western missionaries about Korean women, but the description which supports their view isn¡¯t sufficient enough and some bias exists because it focuses too much to ¡®show off¡¯ missionaries¡¯ accomplishment.

The above two sources, I've found in the library. For the rest of the books in my list, I figured out when I got to the library that they were all accessible online. Thus, I will look through them in details online later on.

What I learned:
The sources I found there were only a little portion of piece of what I intended to find there. But at least I learned how an academic library looks like and what I should prepare for such a visit: coming up with a list of books I need according to its bibliography, searching online whether those books are accessible online and eliminate those which are so that I can have more time to focus on those are not, being prepared to skim through the sources and quickly find out the pages I need.

Bibliography 2nd draft . . Go to Teacher's Comment

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