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‘Flowers of Fire’ Author Hawon Jung on South Korea’s Trailblazing Feminist Movement
The feminist movement in South Korea has gained significant momentum in recent years, prompting widespread attention on gender equality and women's rights. The country’s fierce gender war has contributed to the rise of an avowed anti-feminist president, a plummeting birth rate, and increasing numbers of women shunning marriage and child-rearing.
Asia Society Magazine examines South Korea’s gender divide with Hawon Jung, author of the recently published book ‘Flowers of Fire: The Inside Story of South Korea’s Feminist Movement and What It Means for Women’s Rights Worldwide.’ Jung offers a glimpse into the challenges, triumphs, and ongoing struggles that South Korean women face as they fight back against sexual assault, digital sex crimes, and deeply-rooted patriarchal gender norms, and how the nation’s #MeToo movement can inspire feminist movements in Asia and beyond.