콘텐츠 바로가기
로그인
컨텐츠

Category Open

Resources

tutorial

Collection of research papers and materials on development issues

home

Resources
Social Development General

Print

Daughter of the wind : The travel writing of Han Bi-ya

Related Document
Frame of Image
  • Daughter of the wind
  • Epstein, Stephen J.
  • Seoul National University(Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies)


link
Title Daughter of the wind
Similar Titles
Sub Title

The travel writing of Han Bi-ya

Material Type Articles
Author(English)

Epstein, Stephen J.

Publisher

[Seoul]:Seoul National University(Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies)

Date 2011-12
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Seoul Journal of Korean Studies:vol. 24(no. 2)
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
File Type Link
Subject Social Development < General
Holding Seoul National University

Abstract

This article considers the early works of travel writer Han Bi-ya [Han Piya] as a set of texts that provide valuable insight into Korean society in the final years of the twentieth century. Writing under the nickname “Daughter of the Wind” (param u˘i ttal), Han first caught the attention of the South Korean public in the mid-1990s, and her best-selling books combined exuberant accounts of backpacking around the globe with engaging reflections inspired by her travel experiences. Most importantly here, her four-volume opus Param u˘i ttal: ko˘ro˘so˘ chigu sebak’wiban (Daughter of the Wind: Three and a Half Times Around the World on Foot) articulates a discourse of knowledge about the world and Korea’s evolving place within it. In her writings Han established a persona that, in capturing the imagination of many, has led to her status as both an important role model and a prominent public intellectual in Korea. As this essay argues, however, although Han broke ground in both her methods of acquiring and disseminating knowledge and her frequently fresh viewpoints, she maintains continuity with nationalist Korean discourse. Indeed, her regular emphasis upon her subjectivity as a Korean woman reflects both a productive tension and growing complementarity between cosmopolitan outlook and nationalist sentiment, a phenomenon that has become increasingly salient throughout Korean society in recent years.