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A study of Folktales for married female immigrants

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2012, (25), pp.37-64
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose

Kim,Dae-Sook 1

1평택대학교

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ABSTRACT

It has been more than twenty years since interracially married female immigrants started to be noticed in Korea. Now it is no longer possible to stick to the image of an immigrant woman merely as a "bride" who got just married and needs to learn the new Korean culture which she has not been accustomed to yet and all the new roles which she as a bride is required to follow. In this light, this paper introduces folktales to those immigrants as Korean culture particularly related to the role of 'mother' in Korean family has been deeply embedded in folktales. Through the introduction, the paper helps the immigrant women understand and be familiarized with the Korean culture and the Korean family relationship. Female immigrants who married Korean men are able to build their life plan in a more independent way once they have financial capability. Also, folktales help such immigrants learn how Korean women have worked and struggled to survive in a Korean traditional society. This learning process is of importance as it may make them and their family have a satisfactory life. In addition, folktales will be passed from one generation to another as immigrant women with high Korean competence will pass what they have been told to their descendants.

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