Here is a page where you can find a short bio and some source information on my mother, Dr. Alice Yun Chai (1928-2011).
If you have questions, corrections, or further information about my mother's life, please email me at email@example.com, or write to me at the Department of Sociology, University of Hawai`i, Honolulu HI 96822, USA.
Aloha, Sun-Ki Chai
Selected Writings and Media
Chai, Alice Yun
1968. Community Development in Korea: A Bibliography of Works in the Korean Language. Honolulu: East-West Center.
1979. Mrs. K.: Oral History of a Korean Picture Bride. Womens Studies Newsletter 7(4): 1013.
1981. An Asian-American Womans View of the CR Sessions. Womens Studies Quarterly 9(3): 16.
1983. Coping with the Oppressions of Gender, Class and Race: Asian Immigrant Women. Engage/Social Action ATLA Religion Database: 5662.
1985. Towards a Holistic Paradigm for Asian-American Womens Studies: A Synthesis of Feminist Scholarship and Women of Colors Feminist Politics. Womens Studies International Forum 8(1): 5965.
1987. Adaptive Strategies of Recent Korean Immigrant Women in Hawaii. In Beyond the Public/Domestic Dichotomy. Janet Sharistanian, ed. New York: Greenwood Press.
1987. Freed from the Elders but Locked into Labor: Korean Immigrant Women in Hawaii. Womens Studies: An Inter-Disciplinary Journal 13(3): 223 234.
1988. Global Feminism through Class Consciousness and Integrative Feminist Politics: The Case of Republic of Korea. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Women's Studies Association (10th, Minneapolis, MN, June 22-26, 1988).
1988. Womens History in Public: Picture Brides of Hawaii. Teaching the New Womens History 16(1/2): 51-62.
1993. The Struggle of Asian and Asian American Women Toward a Total Liberation: A Korean Methodist Womans Vocational Journey. In Spirituality and Social Responsibility. Rosemary Skinner Keller, ed. Pp. 248-263, 327-328. Nashville: Abingdon Press.
1993. Asian-Pacific Feminist Coalition Politics: The Chongshindae/Jugunianfu (Comfort Women) Movement. Korean Studies 17: 67-91.
1997. Integrative Feminist Politics in the Republic of Korea. In Nationalist Feminisms. Lois West, ed. New York: Routledge.
1998. Korean Feminist and Human Rights Politics: The Chongshindae/Jugunianfu ("Comfort Women") Movement. In Young L. Song and Ailee Moon, ed. Korean American Women: From Tradition to Modern Feminism, eds. Pp. 237-254. Westport, Conn.: Praeger.
1999. Korea: Modern Period. In Womens Studies Encyclopedia. Helen Tierney, ed. Pp. 821-824. New York: Greenwood Publishing Group.
Chai, Alice Yun, and Barbara Kawakami
1985. Picture Brides: Hawaiis Early Immigrant Women. Video.
Chai, Alice Yun, and Christine Fugate
1990. Fighting for Our Lives: Korean Immigrant Women Vendors in Waikiki. Video.
Brief Outline of Personal History
Birth and Upbringing
Born Yun Young Koo on 7/10/1928 in Seoul
Parents Dr. Yun Il Sun and Margaret Cho Young Sook
Father Dean of Medical School and President of Seoul National University during April 19 revolution
Mother Lived to age 104 in 2007
Oldest child of 7 siblings
Nickname "Mun Gyeong"
"Brothers work in the kitchen and daughters greet the guests"
Worked for U.S. Air Force Chaplains Office as Interpreter; Supervised Orphanage
Evacuated to Busan with 1000 Orphans
Took name Alice after Alice Appenzeller of Ewha University
Kyeongi Girls High School, 1945
Seoul National University, 1950, B.A. in Music
Wesley Scholarship to Study in U.S. 1953
Ohio Wesleyan University, 1955, B.A. in Sociology
Ohio State University, 1957, M.A. in Anthropology
Ohio State University, 1962, Ph.D. in Anthropology
Advisor Erika E. Bourguignon
Taught at both Seoul National and Ewha Universities, 1960-63
Researcher at East-West Center 1965-74
Member of Women's Studies Department, University of Hawai`i, 1975-83 (?)
Specialization in Feminism and Asian-Pacific Women
History of Picture Brides
Systematic attempt to document experiences of first-generation Asian immigrant women through interview
Writings and video on subject translated into Korean and Japanese
Woman-centered Immigrant Businesses
National attention to first-generation Korean vendors in Waikiki
Organized International Market Place vendors facing displacement by plans for Convention Center
Jeongshindae/Juugun Ianfu ("Comfort Women")
Wrote and engaged in speaking tours in U.S., Japan, and Korea, 1993-
Organized panel on Comfort Women at Womens United Nations 1996
Dr. Yun Jeong-Ok: "AYC is the first and foremost U.S. Scholar working on Jeongshindae"
Activism in United Methodist Church
Member of Christ Methodist Church since 1963
Grandparents on both sides leaders in early Methodist movement in Korea
Active lay leader (gweonsa), attended national conferences from 1980s to 2000
Wrote and organized meetings about patriarchy in Korean church
(Semi-serious) self-description: "Methodist Asian-Pacific Radical Feminist Marxist"