South Korean feminist novel a best seller as women defy norms

Former TV scriptwriter Cho Nam-ju (left) said she wrote Kim Ji-young, Born 1982 (above) to reflect the woes of South Korean women in their 30s. These include running errands for male colleagues, and kowtowing to in-laws.
Former TV scriptwriter Cho Nam-ju (above) said she wrote Kim Ji-young, Born 1982 to reflect the woes of South Korean women in their 30s. These include running errands for male colleagues, and kowtowing to in-laws.PHOTOS: MINUMSA

Protagonist resonates with women pushing back against S. Korea's patriarchal society

Thirty-three-year-old Kim Ji-young grew up in a regular household, went to university, quit her office job after marriage and became a full-time housewife, taking care of her children.

What may seem like an ordinary life is actually one filled with deep-rooted sexism long condoned in South Korea's patriarchal society.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 16, 2018, with the headline 'South Korean feminist novel a best seller as women defy norms'. Print Edition | Subscribe