Annual Asia Lecture Series

“Global Compassions of Care: Women, Medicine, and Nursing in Colonial Korea”

Professor Sonja M. Kim

Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 5:00-6:00 PM EST


Annual Asia Lecture Series

“Global Compassions of Care: Women, Medicine, and Nursing in Colonial Korea”

Professor Sonja M. Kim, Associate Professor, Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, Binghamton University (bio)

Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 5:00-6:00 PM EST

Zoom:  https://tennessee.zoom.us/j/98764190005  |  Password: AsiaSeries


The Department of History cordially invites you to the Annual Asia Lecture Series on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. 

In a public lecture entitled “Global Compassions of Care: Women, Medicine, and Nursing in Colonial Korea,” Dr. Sonja M. Kim will discuss the creation of women medical professionals in Korea under Japanese colonial rule over Zoom at 5 P.M. Eastern Time on March 10, 2021. 

Dr. Kim will highlight the birth control movement as Margaret Sanger was discussed in Korean media and had a layover in Korea en route between Japan and China. This public talk will also explain the role that US world mission movement, cultural imperialism, US domestic science and women in medicine played in the Korean experience. 


About the Talk 

In 1899, a woman’s application to the newly established Korean government’s medical school was denied. By 1945, women’s professional health work had become a permanent part of Korea’s landscape. Dr. Sonja M. Kim’s talk outlines this transformation, situated in the regional contexts and global trends in public health, foreign missions, and domestic science that produced novel organization of Korean women’s labor, education, and health care. Gendered expectations, along with race and class, embedded inequities in health institutions and practices that shaped women’s experiences as health professionals, care-providers, patients, and consumers of new medical knowledge and goods. Informed by an ethics of care, individual women met challenges posed by uneven developments in health care, intervened in practices aimed at them as caregivers and recipients, and seized the evolving options that became available to promote their personal, familial, and professional interests. 

About the Speaker 

Dr. Sonja M. Kim is Associate Professor of Asian and Asian American Studies at Binghamton University, the State University of New York. She is the author of Imperatives of Care: Women and Medicine in Colonial Korea (University of Hawai’i Press, 2019) and co-editor of the forthcoming volume Future Yet to Come: Sociotechnical Imaginaries in Modern Korea. Dr. Kim holds research interests in gender, health, and welfare in Korea and its diasporic communities. 


Contact: Dr. Fang Yu Hu, Department of History (fangyu-hu@utc.edu / 423-425-5622) 


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