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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
Call Number: F CHO NAMJ
Characteristics: 162 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Chang, Jamie - Translator


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AuroraPL_Sam Apr 06, 2021

Oh my goodness, did I love this book. This novel is very unique, and it's written in a very clever way where you know this is one person's life, yet it feels like it could be multiple people's. There's an interesting use of fact and fiction in the narration style and yet at times it feels like those lines blur in a powerful way. The ending left me feeling so emotional!

Mar 29, 2021

I honestly didn't know this was fiction until I finished the first chapter because this woman was extraordinarily ordinary. The main character's upbringing, the seemingly minute yet normal sexist situations she faced, the burden of what being a woman is like in a Korean/Asian context, all of it felt so real. I felt like I could truly relate to some of her experiences, fears, and stresses she feels and is going through.

Mar 21, 2021

The story of an ordinary woman in a conservative and patriarchal society. A Korean "Me - Too" novel.

ArapahoeJennieB Feb 04, 2021

Its been a while since I've read a book so singularly and importantly focused on the continued misogyny that women face. This story, powerful in its shortness and directness, tackles the misogyny still faced by women in South Korea. A quick and engrossing read. The ending had me questioning everything I had just read, but in a way that left me wanting more.

Jan 21, 2021

This book is one of the most powerful feminist works I've ever read. It does not talk about how a woman tries to start a revolution against the patriarchy, but instead, it talks about the story of an ordinary woman in South Korea. As an Asian myself, I could resonate with the book on a lot of different levels. From our teenage years to when we're old, Asian society implies way too many boundaries on women. We are expected to be diligent housewives, listen to our parents, our husbands, and even our parents. We are expected to not express our opinions. Even when we have the same, if not better work ethic than our male colleagues, we do not receive the same salary or treatment. Women are always the victims of sexual assault yet Asian society does not provide us with enough protection. The situation only becomes worse after you get married. Kim Ji-young is a mirror for most women in Asian societies. She was lucky that her parents and husband were supportive on her way to recovery, but let's not forget how there are a lot of other women that are not as lucky. I hope everyone realizes how big of a disadvantage women are at and remember to help them as much as possible.

Jan 17, 2021

When I first started reading this book, I wondered how people who were not familiar with Korean cultures pictured the scenes. But this was all erased after the first chapter. The experience is all too familiar to women all over the world. I, too, resonate with Kim Jiyoung in so many ways. The book is an information entertainment. If I say it's about women's rights, experience, and life, you know where it goes. Yet, the book is definitely a discussion instigator. It would be a great book to be used in a classroom setting, possibly high school and definitely college. For me, the most upsetting fact to realize was that older women (mothers and grandmothers) who had lived "unfair" lives would in turn try to pass on such "unfairness" to her daughters. I hope I will not do that.

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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