South Korea: Alternative Culture Publishing
우리 몸 우리 자신 (2005)
Translation: Our Bodies, Ourselves
Our Bodies, Ourselves Project
The South Korean adaptation of Our Bodies, Ourselves was published in 2005 by Alternative Culture Publishing, a group that grew out of the women’s movement in South Korea, and the Korean Sexual Violence Relief Center.
The book received input and support from university students and local partners, including a feminist group called Women’s Voice in Haenam, which set up reading groups, and the Women’s Committee of Korean Teachers and Education Workers Union, which helped test content in their trainings.
To address the needs and context of South Korean women, emphasis was placed on sexual and domestic violence, and ecological movements, to highlight the tremendous progress South Korean women have made on these issues.
“A monumental book on women’s health!”
– The HankyorehU.S. sections on the healthcare system and movement building were adapted for a South Korean audience, while topics such as homosexuality and abortion were retained for readers interested in related U.S. laws and activism.
Local resources, including books, films and websites, are included in every chapter.
Content Available Online
Read the preface (in English)
How to Obtain Print Copies
For information on obtaining copies of the South Korean adaptation, please contact Seunghee Ryoo: ryoolee61 [AT] gmail.com
Community Action & Activism
Alternative Culture is a Korean feminist network that promotes feminist consciousness through publications, cultural activities and lectures.
Established in 1984, the organization is dedicated to creating “an equal and open (Korean) society where women and men have true companionships, and children grow up with freedom, through planting a seed of an alternative culture.”“A book to comprehend the wisdom and the information a woman must know to enjoy her good health.”
– Younhap News
In 1987, Alternative Culture founded Alternative Culture Publishing, to promote and sell its annual journal, “Equal Parent, Liberal Children.” Issues addressed in the journal have helped highlight and encourage public discussion on love and sex in Korean society.
Titles include: “Open Society, Autonomous Women” (1986), “Dominant Culture / Male Culture” (1988), “Housewives: The Interruptions and Liberation” (1990), “Rewriting Romantic Love Stories” (1991), “Rewriting the Stories of Korean Sexuality” (1991), “Rewriting the Stories of Marriage” (1996), “Rewriting the Stories of Teenagers” (1997), “Women Finding a Job, Changing the World” (1999), “Women’s Body, Women’s Age” (2001), and “Whom to Live With: Rewriting Korean Families” (2003).
Another publication, “Reading Texts and Everyday Lives in Post-colonial Era,” received public attention for its criticism of colonialism in Korean academics. The organization has also published other books on feminism, education, cultural theory and adolescent sexuality.
Email: Seunghee Ryoo: ryoolee61 [AT] gmail.com
Address: #302, Daejae-villa, 184-6 Dongkyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul 121-818, Republic of Korea