Kyŏngsŏn Lee

Gendering Modernity: Korean Women Seen through the Early Missionary Gaze (1880s–1910s)

Kyŏngsŏn Lee

Kyŏngsŏn Lee after conversion, 1909 (left) and in 1914 (far right). Source: Lecture slide Korea No. 57, Negative No. 27896, General Commission on Archives and History of the United Methodist Church, Madison, NJ.

A Korean woman named Kyŏngsŏn Lee converted to Christianity in 1909, received training as a junior nurse at Pogŭ yŏgwan, and became a capped nurse on May 28, 1914. The Methodist Church often used Lee’s dramatic story in slide lectures, preaching that “transformations like these make the missionary realize that the Gospel is still the power of God unto salvation to every one who believes. Mere education and training could never bring about such transformation" (lecture slide, Korea No. 57, Negative No. 27896, General Commission on Archives and History of the United Methodist Church, Madison, NJ).