Added: October 1, 2016 – Last updated: October 1, 2016


Author: Nancy (Da Yea) Chung

Title: Comfort Woman Narratives in Korean American Literature

Subtitle: Understanding the Korean American Identity through Han and the China Doll Stereotype

Thesis: Honors Thesis, Emory University

Advisor: Kim Loudermilk

Year: 2016

Pages: 47pp.

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | American History: U.S. History | Asia History: Japanese History, Korean History | Representations: Literary Texts / Nora Okja Keller, Chang-Rae Lee; Types: Forced Prostitution / "Comfort Women"; Types: Wartime Rape / Asia-Pacific War


Link: Emory University's Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository (Free Access)


Abstract: »In this thesis, I attempt to understand the Korean American identity by analyzing two Korean American novels: Nora Okja Keller's Comfort Woman and Chang-rae Lee's A Gesture Life. I discuss how the novels' comfort women narratives intersect with those of the Korean American women in relation to the China Doll stereotype. This examination is performed through tracing han - a form of trauma linked to Korean experiences - in each novel. I then contextualize this reading in broader terms towards an exploration of the collective Korean American identity.« (Source: Thesis)


  Introduction (p. 1)
  Chapter 1: An Analysis of Nora Okja Keller's Comfort Woman (p. 6)
  Chapter 2: An Analysis of Chang-rae Lee's A Gesture Life (p. 20)
  Conclusion (p. 35)
  Works Cited (p. 39)

Wikipedia: History of the Americas: History of the United States | History of Asia: History of Japan / Shōwa period; History of Korea / Korea under Japanese rule | Literature: American literature | 20th-century American writers: Nora Okja Keller, Chang-Rae Lee / A Gesture Life | Prostitution: Forced prostitution / Comfort women Types of rape: Wartime sexual violence | War: Pacific War / Japanese war crimes