Date/Time: Fri 15 Sep / 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics (LLCL)
Hardworking Women: Embodying the Nation in a Jeju Dive Fishery
A talk with maps and images. This informal talk shows how gender roles have changed with the introduction of mass media, with this exposure to national representations of gender intensifying a local self-consciousness that Jeju men and women played different roles to mainland people. While young Jeju people in the year 2000 identified with mainland South Korean gendered identities, they also proudly reproduced Jeju nationalist narratives about the singularity of Jeju women’s physical and emotional strength, their loud voices, diving and farming skills and muscular builds, and the kindness and gentle faces of their scholarly, sedentary Jeju men. These nostalgic representations of a differently gendered Jeju past were both intensely felt by locals and reproduced for tourism and South Korean television shows like “Our Hometown”, important media for a nationalism wherein Jeju people continue to occupy a place as an Other within- both included in and excluded from the national imaginary.
Josephine Wright undertook twelve months’ ethnographic Fieldwork with Jeju people in South Korea in 2000 and 2001. She acknowledges the generosity and support of the Department of Anthropology in the College of Asia and the Pacific (then RSPAS) at the ANU, Australian Postgraduate Award, Korea Foundation, NIIED, and Pusan, Cheju and Monash Universities.
Friday 15 Sep
04:00pm – 05:30pm
(Menzies Building) 20 Chancellors Walk,
For further information, please contact Andrew David Jackson on 99058754.