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Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982

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Kim Jiyoung is a girl born to a mother whose in-laws wanted a boy. She is a sister made to share a room while her brother gets one of his own. A female preyed upon by male teachers at school. A daughter whose father blames her when she is harassed late at night. A good student who doesn’t get put forward for internships. A model employee but gets overlooked for promotion. ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published February 20th 2020 by Scribner UK (first published October 14th 2016)
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Emily May
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feminism, modern-lit, 2020
The world had changed a great deal, but the little rules, contracts, and customs had not, which meant the world hadn’t actually changed at all.

4 1/2 stars. There is some seriously weird and awesome art coming out of South Korea these days. From the weirder stuff (The Vegetarian, IMO) to the fabulous (Parasite - highly recommended) to this latest novella that packs a serious punch. It really makes me wonder how many other gems there are that never made it to translation.

Kim Jiyoung, Born 198
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: korea, 2019-read
This novella hit a nerve in South Korea and became one of the biggest-selling books of the new century. In it, Cho Nam-Joo tells the story of a Korean everywoman from her birth in 1982 until 2016, the year the book was published in its original Korean. Kim Ji-young experiences systemic misogyny in all stages of life, be it as a kid in her own family, in school and at university, in the workplace and also as a wife and mother. The protagonist does not only suffer because of stereotypical women-ha ...more
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Just before reading this book, I was confused if it's a fiction or a non-fiction. But I did not even check because I am glad it turned out to be both!

The story is fictionalized but there are facts mentioned in between with references when it comes to Korea's history of sex ratios, definite important acts and changes made in relation to female/girl child education, their rights and similar important data.

The story has been so well presented with the contents starting from Autumn, 2015 and then g
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
One of my Top Ten Books of 2020!

I’ve been saving this one for a time when I could handle the impending rage-read. I don’t think anyone is ever really going to be “ready” for this kind of patriarchal bitchslap, though, so I’m just gonna wade into it.

I’d also like to take a moment to apologize to my Kindle, which I shook, tossed and slammed in frustration so often whilst reading that it’s probably going to take out a restraining order against me. I didn’t know so much unspoken fury could live
Pearl Ju
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-novels
If you are a woman living in Korea, I recommend reading this book in your room alone with tissues because I am positive at least once you will show tears with sympathy. Due to unconscious sexual discrimination, women bear their own wounds in their memories. Although in Korean history, women work for a living, they were treated as a person who only did housework and men weren't willing to help any housework. It well describes the ordinary women's lives under the male-dominated society. ...more
Nov 24, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982, Jiyoung recently quit her job to care full time for her newborn daughter. But something is wrong, as she starts to take on the voices of other women, both alive and dead, in her life. What follows is the account of Jiyoung's life, all that led up to that moment, from the view of her psychiatrist. Through it, we see the systematic and casual misogyny and sexism that has shaped Jiyoung her entire life.

Reading this felt both shocking and familiar. I wish I could say this
Muthia Rahmana
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eye-catching book with a beautiful cover brought me to know more. Yup, the title is Kim Ji Young Born in 1982. From the title, I could say that it was about biography, but not. It was about how women in South Korea face Discrimination and pressure during their lives. I was so amazed. Many of my friends told me that I should read the novel and then watch the film. Then, I started to read first and then watch.

So, here is my review:

I realized that people have their pressure that we could not comp
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Main character of this book is one year younger than me. And I am born and raise in Korea, that means a lot of her experience is very similar with my own.
When I was young, I was young and naive like every other single human being so I didn’t even realize how many things are unfair even cruel.

When I was growing up my grandmother used to tell me all the time whenever I made small mistakes “ How can you be this clumsy even you are woman???”- and of course my younger brother never hear it.
Always I h
Appreciated this novel’s thorough portrayal of the entrenched sexism in South Korean society. Cho Nam-Joo shows how patriarchy pervades every facet of South Korean life: the ways parents and teachers devalue girls and idolize boys, how employers discriminate against women both in the application process and on the job, and how women’s careers both outside of the household and within the household are limited and not given their actual monetary value. Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 felt like a mixture of ...more
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tatiana by: Emily May
Shelves: 2020, foreign-lands
Different country, same old sexist bullshit. A tale painfully familiar, just set in a foreign land.

This is a short, odd South Korean novel about gender politics. It's a strange mix of fictional life story of one woman moving through the men-dominated and men-focused world, and socio-economic facts and statistics. The structure is explained later in the novel, but even in this semi-lecture form lacking artistic finesse, it's a tremendously informative work for anyone curious about other countrie
Emer (A Little Haze)
Kim Jiyoung is a girl born to a mother whose in-laws wanted a boy.

Kim Jiyoung is a sister made to share a room while her brother gets one of his own.

Kim Jiyoung is a female preyed upon by male teachers at school. Kim Jiyoung is a daughter whose father blames her when she is harassed late at night.

Kim Jiyoung is a good student who doesn’t get put forward for internships. Kim Jiyoung is a model employee but gets overlooked for promotion. Kim Jiyoung is a wife who gives up her career and independe
Jananie (thisstoryaintover)
SO FREAKIN GOOD. applause only for this incredible account of what it means to be a woman living in South Korea. Informative, funny, thoughtful, and ultimately packing a punch, this book is definitely a new favourite
Em Lost In Books
I liked what this book was portraying i.e. gender discrimination, how women are treated in patriarchal a society, but the main character failed miserably to invoke any emotions in me. I was unable to connect with her throughout the book. This is not the first time that I have read something like this, and coming from a country where patriarchy reigns, this story was nothing exceptional or monumental to me.
demi. ♡
❥ 3.5 / 5 stars



P.S. I truly want to give this book five stars but I just can’t, considering the writing style. I don’t know if it’s because of poor translation or the original one is also the same but it makes me unable to feel connected to any characters even Jiyoung . :(

This was WONDERFUL. Such an amazing exploration and discussion of the misogyny that occurs in patriarchal societies from the moment a girl is conceived until she’s an adult. This book really managed to hit the majority of problems within the topic, and although we specifically follow a woman in South Korea, this is VERY relevant for ALL places.

Everyone should read this. Women will relate, millennials will also relate and men will learn more about women than they ever have before. Cho Na
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
★★★★★ /5
This book was just amazing. It showed injustice in the world and also included real facts (statistic), while reading fiction book it made it more powerful.
Paul Fulcher
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Now longlisted for the 2020 National Book Awards for Translated Literature in the US and in the UK for the Books Are My Bag Reader Awards in the overall Fiction category

She said she’ll never forget how proud she felt when she presented a bouquet of flowers as a welcome-back present to one of her subordinates, who returned from a year-long childcare leave for the first time in the company’s history.

‘Who is she?’ Jiyoung asked.

‘She left a few months after that.’

82년생 김지영 by 조남주published in 2016,
Ieva Andriuskeviciene
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feminism
Shocking portrait of what it means to be a girl, woman in Korean society.
I was raging, gasping and almost cried of anger.
Some facts from the book:
* This was the time when the government had implemented birth control policies called ‘family planning’ to keep population growth under control. Abortion due to medical problems has been legal for ten years at that point, and checking the sex of the foetus and aborting females was common practise, as if ‘daughter’ was medical problem
* In 2005, t
Dec 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am glad this has become an international bestseller. I suppose for many females who live in South Korea, what is in these pages is nothing much new to them.

What I liked about the slim novel (163 pages) was that the husband was not portrayed in a negative light per se. He was more sensitive than a lot of the other males presented in this novella to his wife’s aspirations and the plain-but-sad thoughts she had and sometimes expressed to him about the society she was living in and had been broug
For such a short piece of work, this managed to convey so much. Its a story of inequality, custom and society in South Korea. A story about women and how they're still oppressed within the stifling confines of a society that still isn't ready to let go of gender role traditions. And at its centre is the story of a woman, driven to acting 'strangely' due to the lonely existence she has been forced into because of the decision to stay at home with her child. To a woman, and by extension her family ...more
Gumble's Yard
Feb 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
The team leader said the report was good. It was good but it read like an article.

The blurb on the front of the inside front cover of the book says Riveting, original and uncompromising, this is the most important book to have emerged from South Korea since Han Kang's "The Vegetarian"

Having read this book - which can easily be read in a couple of hours - I think this is a very misleading comparison. "The Vegetarian" was literary fiction: powerful, unsettling and haunting: this is effectively
Dec 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What it feels like for a girl, Korea (and modern world) style. Kim Jiyoung is not necessarily a separate, fleshed out character but an every woman, making this book even more poignant, being almost a documentary of life under patriarchy
The job did not pay well or make a big splash in society, nor did it make something one could see or touch, but it had brought her joy. It afforded her a sense of accomplishment when she completed tasks and climbed the ladder, and gave her a sense of reward knowi
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Outraged by a random murder of a woman by a man in Gangnam who said he committed the crime because "he had been ignored by women a lot and couldn't bear it anymore so committed the crime", Cho Nam-ju composed the novel Kim Jiyoung 1982 that sheds light on the deep rooted sexism of the Korean society. What makes me love this book is that it can be relatable to anyone living in a patriarchal society- several instances of struggles against gender violence, wage gap and casual sexism peppered over d ...more
Sep 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
This is just a pure RAGE read from beginning to end. Honestly and truly FUCK THE PATRIARCHY.
Aug 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 follows the Korean woman of the title from her birth until the present day. We're introduced to Jiyoung in the present day where, at 33, she's hospitalised after having a breakdown, and the author then recounts her life story which gives us the background and context as to how this has happened.

Cho Nam-Joo gives readers a heck of a lot of examples of incidents of institutionalised sexism and misogyny which have cumulatively impacted so greatly on Jiyoung and her psyche - m
Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hall-of-fame
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Jan 13, 2021 rated it liked it
I don’t have all that much to say about this book. I find its impact more interesting than the book itself: this is one of the most successful Korean books of the last decade and reading it became a political statement. The book itself is an unflinching depiction of everyday sexism, many of the scenes will be familiar to most women, and very successful at that. It was just that for me I found the prose distinctly underwhelming. The author chose a matter-of-fact kind of language that, while effec ...more
Norah Una Sumner
"While offenders were in fear of losing a small part of their privilege,the victims were running the risk of losing everything."

An amazing, gripping novel on what it feels to be a woman in this world where you're forced to put up with misogyny and settling for less just so you don't lose the little you have.
Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
My thanks to Simon and Schuster UK and NetGalley for a review copy of this one.

Kim Ji-Young, Born 1982 is a 2016 Korean novel, now translated into English (besides other languages). This hard-hitting novel has sold over a million copies, and was also adapted into a film that released in October this year. The book traces the story of Kim Ji-Young, the title character, from the year she was born, 1982, to 2016 highlighting the sexism, discrimination and injustice she faces at every stage of her l
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Cho Nam-joo is a former television scriptwriter. In the writing of Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 she drew partly on her own experience as a woman who quit her job to stay at home after giving birth to a child.

Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 is her third novel. It has had a profound impact on gender inequality and discrimination in Korean society, and has been translated into 18 languages.

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