Finding Momo

Momo in My Name is Kim Sam-Soon / My Lovely Samsoon

Women tend to be subject to higher moral standards than men in many Asian societies. The ideal Asian female is widely envisaged as a pure, demure and virtuous lady, but whereas the image of a protective and responsible breadwinner with leadership qualities similarly exists as a paragon of manhood, penalties for deviating from this paradigm are barely as severe as those for women. A married woman who commits adultery, even if just once, is immediately deemed so filthy that her husband feels more than justified to divorce her swiftly and mercilessly. In contrast, a man who gambles away money for his children’s food and beats up his spouse often gets numerous chances to turn over a new leaf. The neighborhood is far more likely to ostracize the former than the latter. Continue reading