Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982

Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982

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"The runaway bestseller that helped launch Korea's new feminist movement, Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 follows one woman's psychic deterioration in the face of rigid misogyny. In a small, tidy apartment on the outskirts of the frenzied metropolis of Seoul, Kim Jiyoung-a millennial "everywoman"-spends her days caring for her infant daughter. Her husband, however, worries over a strange symptom that has recently appeared: Jiyoung has begun to impersonate the voices of other women-dead and alive, both known and unknown to her. Truly, flawlessly, completely, she became that very person. As she plunges deeper into this psychosis, Jiyoung's concerned husband sends her to a psychiatrist, who listens to her narrate her own life story-from her birth to a family who expected a son, to elementary school teachers who policed girls' outfits, to male coworkers who installed hidden cameras in women's restrooms and posted the photos online. But can her doctor cure her, or even discover what truly ails her? Rendered in eerie prose, Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 announces the arrival of a major international writer"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W. W. Norton & Company, [2020]
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781631496707 (hardcover)
1631496700 (hardcover)
(electronic publication)
Branch Call Number: FIC CHO
Characteristics: 162 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Chang, Jamie - Translator


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May 03, 2020

Well, I felt like it was in the US 1960’s when I was growing up. I heard the same things. No one ever assumed that I could do anything but teach or nurse until I got married. And then when I graduated from college, I was told I could have it all. What a bunch of BS. It was an interesting look at Korean society rather than a story with a plot. When I read that this book was considered a “cultural call to arms” I could easily see why with the inclusion of so many footnotes and figures to illustrate how normal Kim Jiyoung is. Patriarchy is still prevalent today.


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