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About this book
Kim Ji-young, Born 1982
Cho Nam-Joo • Jamie Chang
Kim Ji-young is the most common name for Korean women born in the 1980s.
Kim Ji-young is representative of her generation:
At home, she is an unfavoured sister to her princeling little brother.
In primary school, she is a girl who has to line up behind the boys at lunchtime.
In high school, she is a daughter whose father blames her for being harassed late at night.
In university, she is a good student who doesn’t get put forward for internships by her professor.
In the office, she is an exemplary employee who is overlooked for promotion by her manager.
At home, she is a wife who has given up her career to take care of her husband and her baby.
Kim Ji-young is depressed.
Kim Ji-young has started acting out.
Kim Ji-young is her own woman.
Kim Ji-young is insane.
Kim Ji-young is sent by her husband to a psychiatrist.
This is his clinical assessment of the everywoman in contemporary Korea.
About the Creators
CHO NAM-JOO was born in 1978 in Seoul, South Korea. She graduated from the Department of Sociology of Ehwa Women’s University. She is a former television screenwriter and the author of two previous books, When You Carefully Hear (2011), winner of the Munhakdongne Novel Award, and For Comaneci (2016), winner of the Hwangsanbeol Award for Young Adult Literature. She lives in South Korea.
JAMIE CHANG is an award-winning translator and teaches at the Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea.