The first big book event of 2020, but sadly now cancelled:
TCR Presents: Cho Nam-Joo on ‘Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982’
Monday 9th March 18:30 – 20:30
Waterstones | 19-20 Tottenham Court Road | London W1T 1BJ
Tickets £7 | Book tickets
Join us as we celebrate International Women’s Day (8th March) in partnership with the Korean Cultural Centre UK by welcoming Cho Nam-Joo who will be discussing her forthcoming novel ‘Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982’, which follows protagonist Kim Jiyoung as she navigates what it means to be a young woman in the world.
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 independence for a life of domesticity.
Kim Jiyoung is depressed.
Kim Jiyoung is mad.
Kim Jiyoung is her own woman.
Kim Jiyoung is every woman.
Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 is the South Korean sensation that has got the whole world talking. The life story of one young woman born at the end of the twentieth century raises questions about endemic misogyny and institutional oppression that are relevant to us all.
Cho Nam-Joo is a former television scriptwriter. In the writing of this book 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.