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[The English title of this book includes a Korean word—Maum (몸)—that may be unfamiliar to many. Maum is an original Korean word that roughly translates to “body.” Although not rooted in Chinese, it is similar to the Chinese word shin-che (身體). Shin-che, however, refers only to the physical body,...
[Maum is understood to channel divine grace and presence in Christian tradition. Men and women are created in the image of God, thus reflecting the sacredness in our own bodies (Gen. 1:27). Paul, in his letters to the Corinthians, affirms that Christians are the “temples of the living God” (2...
[Comfort women (慰安婦)1 were young women who were forcibly, and often violently, taken as sex slaves by the Japanese army during 1932–1945. It is estimated that up to 200,000 women were forced to serve as comfort women. 2 They were primarily Asian women from Korea, China, Taiwan, the Philippines,...
[How can Christians understand God’s love and power in light of the enormity of comfort women’s suffering? What do the experiences, testimonies, and existence of comfort women tell us about the power of God?]
[Ok-Sun Lee says that she has “endless han.”1 She came back to Korea after spending 58 years in China. She was kidnapped to be a comfort woman, and after World War II was over, she was abandoned and stayed in China because she did not have the means to come back home. She could not have her own...
[Atheology of maum affirms that our bodies are the primary site whereby we experience God. We are transformed and empowered by the Spirit’s power to share God’s love through our maum. Women’s bodies are holy and beautiful, even those that are broken and suffering. The beauty of women’s maum does...
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