Friday, March 6th, 2015 Living on Your Own: Single Women, Rental Housing, and Post-Revolutionary Affect in Contemporary South Korea

Friday, March 6, 20152:00PM - 4:00PMExternal Event, Workers' Action Center
720 Spadina Avenue
Suite #223


Critical Korean Studies Workshop


The Centre for the Study of Korea is pleased to present the launch of Professor Jesook Song’s new book Living on Your Own: Single Women, Rental Housing, and Post-Revolutionary Affect in Contemporary South Korea. Interweaving personal interviews, archival sources and media analyses, this illuminating ethnography profiles the stories of young, single women in South Korea who confront difficulties in their pursuits to live independently and achieve residential autonomy. Living on Your Own skillfully exposes the clash between women’s burgeoning desire for independence and traditional conservative norms in Korean housing practices and financial institutions.

Professor Jesook Song is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto and a faculty affiliate of the Centre for the Study of Korea at the Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs. Jesook Song received her B.A. in Education Science at the Yonsei University, Seoul, Republic of Korea. She received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology with a minor degree in Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA.

Laura C. Nelson (UCBerkeley associate professor, Gender & Women’s Studies, and Chair, Center for Korean Studies) is an anthropologist interested in the mutual engagements of public policies and society/culture. Her three current Korea-based projects examine breast cancer, older women without children, and the generation of new Koreans born to immigrant brides.

Lisa Yoneyama received her B.A. in German Language Studies and M.A. in International Relations at Sophia University, Tokyo, and Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology at Stanford University, California. Prior to joining the University of Toronto, she taught Cultural Studies and U.S.-Japan Studies at University of California, San Diego, where she also served as Director of two academic programs, the Program for Japanese Studies and Critical Gender Studies Program.

For more information on the book and to purchase the book, please visit the link below.


Lisa Yoneyama
Professor, Department of East Asian Studies & Women and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto

Laura C. Nelson
Associate Professor, Gender and Women’s Studies, UC Berkeley

Jesook Song
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto

Jennifer Jihye Chun
Director of the Centre for the Study of Korea, Associate Professor, Sociology (UTSC)

Main Sponsor

Centre for the Study of Korea


Asian Institute

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