February 19, 2005

Discussion Question Part 2

1. Kwon states, "the relationship between Japan and Korea was not one of domination and subordination, but rather of competition between two countries with similar cultural backgrounds." (p. 40) could this explain the lack of nationalism within the New Korean Women's movement?

2. Kwon explains that some Korean women used the Christian based notion that man and woman were equal under God as an attack Confucianism's unequal creation of men and women. Early feminist's used this argument as well, but were confronted with other Bible passages that contradicted their claim. What differences between Korean feminists and US feminists may have caused these different reactions.

3. Rupp quotes Lavrin who states "a balance of national and international interests is absolutely essential for the survival of feminism as an expression of diversity ."(p. 192) Rupp uses this quote in reference to " colonized and dependent" countries," can the same statement be applied to the US with the same sense of urgency that Lavrin expresses? In other words, is Rupp saying national and international concerns are more important to post colonial countries than the imperialist countries?

4. Is there a possibility of a true global feminism, or will this notion ultimately result in the universalizing of women's experiences?

Posted by at February 19, 2005 11:18 PM