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White Chrysanthemum

By Mary Lynn Bracht | Paperback | 1 Review(s)

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Look for your sister after each dive. Never forget. If you see her, you are safe.'Hana and her little sister Emi are part of an island community of haenyeo, women who make their living from diving deep into the sea off the southernmost tip of Korea. One day Hana sees a Japanese soldier heading for... read more

Format
Paperback
Release Date
02 Jan 2018
Author(s)
Mary Lynn Bracht
Publisher
Vintage Publishing
ISBN-13
9781784741457
Dimensions
153mm x 234mm x 23mm
Pages
320
Format
Paperback
Release Date
02 Jan 2018
Author(s)
Mary Lynn Bracht
Publisher
Vintage Publishing
ISBN-13
9781784741457
Dimensions
153mm x 234mm x 23mm
Pages
320

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25 Jan 2018

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White Chrysanthemum

i love cross cultural fiction and find the lives lived in another part of the world usually enlightens me and educates me in a way that i am thankful for the freedoms of the country i reside in and the era too. This book was confronting from the start and i really wasn’t sure i wanted to ‘go there’ but alas i dived in.
essentially it is the story of two sisters, one soldier and no escape. in 1943, Hana was a skilful haenyeo diver off Jeju island in South korea. A team of women would dive for the seafood to fulfil orders for the nearby markets. it was lucrative and revered work. Hana worked with her mother but was also vigilant in her watch of her younger sister emi that remained on the beach. They knew the dangers and stayed close to other divers until the evil Japanese Corporal Morimoto finds Hana on the beach. In her desperate attempts to protect her sister, Hana surrenders and enters a lifetime of slave-ship, degradation and cruelty - taken to Japan. Emi spends a lifetime of wondering what became of her sister, remaining in Korea but subject to the suppressed role of a woman in this era.
This fictitious story draws from the tragic historical experience of women enslaved as ‘comfort women’ for the Japanese military in occupied Korea, Japan and Manchuria. Whilst this book is horrific and confronting in its theme, the plight of women must be in print and awaken a cry for justice from us who are more fortunate to live in different times.

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