Here is my first attempt at a focus statement.
I desire to study how American women missionaries, steeped in western ideals, created connections with Korean women, who were highly influenced by Confucian ideals. I will also examine if these connections contributed to the rise of Christianity in Korea. In this project, I will use American missionary records, journals from the time period published in America and Korea and dissertations written in English and Korean about Korean women. I will also employ theoretical ideas on space from Gaston Bachelard, to explore the role of the missionary home and ideas on commensurability from Sanjay Subrahmanyam and ideas of the ‘stranger’ from Georg Simmel to illuminate cross-cultural facilitation.