Reactions of Korean women who adopted western-style dress in the acculturation period of 1945-1962 : an oral history

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Sunae Park (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Patricia Warner

Abstract: The purpose of the study is to analyze the reactions of Korean women who adopted the western-style dress in the acculturation period of 1945-1962. The focus of this study theoretically concerns the reactions of selected Korean women toward to western-style dress, as viewed through the anthropological concept of acculturation. The specific theories generated from this study seem to revolve around the variables of physical and psychological comfort, conformity, body image, societal and peer pressures, and clothing symbolism of ethnic identity in the acculturation process. Once Korean women began to have contact with western culture, they adopted western-style dress more quickly than they did other objects or concepts. As the women turned more and more to western clothing for everyday clothing, they started wearing their traditional hanbok only for special occasions. During the process of adopting western-style dress by Korean women, two important concepts of ethnic identity and acculturation clashed. Although the women were becoming acculturated with western culture, they wanted to keep their ethnic identity by using hanbok as an national symbol.

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Language: English
Date: 1988
Women, Korean $x Costume
Women, Korean $x Attitudes

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