DISSERTATION PROPOSAL 2
How Korean culture presents the different treatment of male and female characters based on their social status and cultural differences throughout K dramas and real-life situations.
List of Primary texts
Korea Briefings 1992, Korean women in a culture of inequality
Textbook for Transcultural Health Care: A Population Approach
Korean Women in Leadership – People of Korean Heritage
Lists of Secondary Sources
Women’s Studies International Forum
A Study on Influence of Internet Media Pornography Exposure in Adolescents on Sexual Awareness
A Study on Influence of Internet Media Pornography Exposure in Adolescents on
The roles assigned to both men and women and the effects of civilization.
Economic empowerment and how people are treated after acquiring social status.
Beliefs held by the Koreans.
Household assignment of roles.
Sexual awareness to young people and how they should be responsible on such matters.
The core aim of this research is to identify how the Korean culture has treated women from all angles. The focus will be on the effects of urbanization and modernization on women and how their roles are administered. The research will discuss whether women in Korea have been empowered economically and if yes, to what extent have women gone to exploit their potentials in the development of the economy. The study will determine how women are participating in the economy to enlighten others who are still withheld in the cultural strings. The discussion will compare how men and women are treated in Korean dramas and real life. The study will examine how people with various cultural differences are handled as well as their social status. People with high profiles are tasked with prestigious roles while the disadvantaged are assigned roles that show disgrace and lowness.
There will be a focus on cultural beliefs where men hold on to some beliefs while women are holding on to some differing ideas. This disparity in social philosophy has caused people to disagree on important issues since everyone holds their beliefs firmly. There will be a discussion on how discrimination on gender inequality set it due to cultural beliefs. What one person believes is true has been used to discriminate against another person who has a varying belief. In Korean dramas, conflicts are arising due to what other people believe to be true and disregard what other people believe. The dramas indicate how the Korean community believes regarding household chores, especially on who should be left to carry out the chores. The research will analyse how empowering women has changed the narratives that had been held by the Koreans. The way Korean dramas portray sexuality and how social media is used to educate on sexual matters will be discussed throughout the different generations. There is a need to enlighten the youths on sexual matters and how it will help the reader get a broader view of how men and women are treated in dramas which reflects real-life situations.
In my first chapter, I will be mentioning how treatment of male and female characters are represented in Korea throughout their social and cultural statues. Civilization has brought changes in the roles assigned to women and men. Culturally, women in Korea had been considered as the weak gender and most of the community assignments were given to men. Men were considered able, and they could not be grouped with women. There has been male chauvinism where the men are taking priority in everything. In Korean dramas, men are entrusted with big and better roles as compared to women and this had been reflected in the real life of the Koreans. Over time, due to civilization, the narrative has been changing and we see both men and women undertaking similar roles since all are considered capable. The family structures have changed, and the family no longer waits only for men to provide. Women are taking up roles that were initially preserved for men and they are equally performing.
For my second chapter, ‘brief analysis of the different gender treatment throughout education’. In south Korea education offered to both genders giving them equal chances of gaining knowledge to enlighten themselves. The cultural beliefs had held back the Koreans as they believed that women should not get access to education in the fear that they would overtake men. Education had been reserved for men who were believed to have entitlement to it. Women were considered fit while uneducated and they were assigned simple roles. Education has increased the social status of women, and this has improved their bargaining power in society. Choi (2019) observed that the cultural beliefs held women hostage and they lived in the inequality life where they had no say in society. This is relevant in this research since there is a gap in cultural beliefs that have to be addressed to give women equal chances in society. The project fits in this ideology since it is addressing gender inequality in society.
However, for my third chapter, ‘how economic empowerment is represented in K-dramas’. Economic empowerment in Korea has led to freedom and more development has been witnessed. There was a belief in Korea, which has been demonstrated in Korean dramas that only men are supposed to participate in the economic development of a nation. According to Jang and Kawachi (2019), there was a difference in how men and women were treated due to their acquired social levels, marital status, and people with disabilities. The people with high social status were regarded as the most important people and this had discriminatory effects on the less advantaged. The social class was always given priority in leadership in the society since they were considered successful in life. Economic empowerment enlightened people and more people gained the freedom to lead and participate in the economic development of Korea. More people had to be assigned to the military and this called for more people to participate in the empowerment. Both men and women were empowered, and this gave them chances to participate in economic development. Women started working in the formal sector and this improved their socioeconomic status. Those who acquired higher levels were again treated well and entrusted with bigger projects. They were considered as elites, and this saw the discrimination on how the lowly were treated. The above source plays an important role in this research since it gives a broader view of how people could be treated due to their social status. It provides a gap on the need to empower citizens for fair treatment to all. Its theoretical explanations are important in this work since it summarizes the importance of fair treatment for a happy society.
For my fourth chapter, ‘I will give a brief outline in how society is the main impact on gender partiality’. According to Kim and Park (2018), the Koreans regarded a family as the most important institution, and it had to be respected and protected. Men were supposed to protect their families and make sure that everyone is comfortable in the family. Those who disregarded their responsibilities were not treated well in society. They would be roughly handled for failing to take care of their families. Im (2021) observed that the Koreans advocated for hard work which would lead to sustenance of the family, and it should be done with caution so that no harm could befall other families. Men needed to provide for their families to enable them to have space in society. People could be treated on how they have been promoting harmony in society and lawbreakers had to be punished. People were expected to observe proper decorum while addressing people especially the elderly. The golden phrases like “sorry, excuse me, please, thank you, and may I” was expected while dealing with people. The application of such phrases enabled an individual to be highly treated in society and ranked as a nice person. These two resources are very instrumental in this research since they give a broader view of what the Koreans believed and regarded in their community. They help in knowing what could lead to mistreatment in the community. They are important through their general views of how the Korean society was and this is the essential part of this research.
Finally, for my final chapter, ‘I will represent how sexual awareness is presented in daily life vs K-dramas’. The Korean dramas had a greater impact on the youth regarding sexual awareness. The youths needed this information to make them aware of the importance of responsible sexual behaviors. This research found that early introduction of sex education to the youths had a positive impact on their future sexual behaviors. Seo (2017) highlighted that the sexual behaviors of the youths in Southern Korea were influenced by culture, religion and westernization. The culture highly regarded virginity and this led to young people undergoing lessons on the importance of maintaining virginity. This improved the sexual behaviors among the young people, and they would be appreciated in society for maintaining good morals. Korea has strict religions such as Buddhism, Confucianism, and Christianity which advocate for responsible sexual morals and, there are consequences for irresponsible sexual behaviors. Social media had to be reviewed in what it offers as sexual awareness to avoid going to the extremes of corrupting the morals of the society (Kim et al., 2019).
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