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To Live to WorkFactory Women in Colonial Korea, 1910–1945$
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Janice C.H. Kim

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804759090

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804759090.001.0001

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Lives and Labors Inside the Factories

Lives and Labors Inside the Factories

(p.75) Three Lives and Labors Inside the Factories
To Live to Work
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This chapter demonstrates the terms and conditions of labor in the cotton spinning and weaving, silk-reeling, and rubber shoemaking mills, concentrating on the procedures of manufacturing that contoured the dynamics of female industrial labor. The working lives of women in colonial Korea were mediated by economic and manufacturing environments, but were also influenced by their families and their familiar relations in the factories. The employees of both rubber and textile manufacturing companies shared the distresses of inadequate conditions and wages. The gender-specific abuses in industrial labor were not necessarily inflicted by the Japanese as accidents, disease, and sexual abuse continued in Korea after Liberation. A critical analysis of colonial factory women, their endurance in the mills, and their resistance against their employers shows that the lives and labors of factory women were affected by both political and personal forces.

Keywords:   female industrial labor, cotton spinning, weaving, silk-reeling, rubber shoemaking, working lives, colonial Korea, colonial factory women

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