Kim Ji-young, Born 1982

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Kim Ji-young, Born 1982
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English version cover
AuthorCho Nam-joo
CountrySouth Korea
Publication date
October 2016
Media typeHardcover

Kim Ji-young, Born 1982 (Korean82년생 김지영) is a fiction novel by Cho Nam-joo. A former scriptwriter for TV programs, Cho took two months to write the story as according to her, the title character "Kim Ji-young's life isn't much different from the one I have lived. That's why I was able to write so quickly without much preparation." Published by Minumsa in October 2016, it has sold more than 1 million copies as of 27 November 2018, becoming the first million-selling Korean novel since Shin Kyung-sook's Please Look After Mom in 2009.[1][2]

According to Minumsa, the book will also be published in translation in 16 countries, including Britain, France, Spain and Italy.


The storyline centres on a housewife who becomes a stay-at-home mother and later suffers from depression. It depicts the everyday sexism the title character experiences since youth.[1][2][3]


The book gained attention in early 2017 after readers posted reviews of the book on social media. In May 2018, after the floor leader of the Justice Party's Roh Hoe-chan gifted the book to President Moon Jae-in with a message that read "Please embrace 'Kim Ji-young Born '82'", the book's sales shot up. It has sold more than 1 million copies as of November 2018.[2]


The book was adapted into a film with Jung Yu-mi and Gong Yoo taking the lead roles. The shooting took place in early 2019 and it was released in October of the same year. [4][5][6]