North Korean Market Women as a Part of Larger Korean Women’s History

Kim Ki-Chang, Quiet Listening, 1934 Research on women in North Korea has recently become a hot topic. As many readers will know, this is because of their activity in Jangmadang (markets). The intention of this post is to open discussion on North Korean Market Women which extends beyond their economic roles, and places them in the larger context of Korean women’s history, providing a closer inspection of significant social change of women in Korean history. As Bruce Cumings commented in his well-known popular history, Korea’s Place in the Sun (2005), “In the night of our ignorance, North Korea confirms all stereotypes. But closer familiarity confounds simple explanations” (404). My hope is th

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