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Moon Tides: Jeju Island Grannies of the Sea

Moon Tides: Jeju Island Grannies of the Sea
  • Author : Brenda Paik Sunoo with Youngsook Han
  • Publisher : Seoul Selection
  • Pub. Date : Mar 2011
  • Cover : Hardcover
  • Dimensions (in inches) : 11.61 x 8.27 x 0.07
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 978-89-91913-78-3


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    Description Imagine strolling along the windy shores of Jeju Island, off the southwest coast of Korea. Suddenly, you hear whistling echoing from the sea. Turning to the water, you spot weathered faces bobbing to the surface, and you realize that the sound is the exhaled breath of sea women, known as haenyeo. With a sigh of gratitude, the aging divers have returned to the surface to replenish their aching lungs. Jeju Island’s haenyeo are a dying breed—perhaps the last of their generation. As their maternal ancestors did for centuries, they have scoured the island’s sea floor, harvesting seaweed, octopuses, sea urchins, turban shells, and abalone. Their numbers have dwindled from 15,000 in the 1970s to approximately 5,600 in recent decades. Driven by economics, these free-divers continue to labor well into their eighties—the hardier ones often plunging 65 feet while holding their breath for two minutes or longer. Brenda Paik Sunoo gathered these women’s stories while living in their diving villages for a total of seven months between 2007 and 2009. Moon Tides—Jeju Island Grannies of the Sea is the first book by an American journalist to document the lives of these rare divers through intimate interviews and photographs. Their stories will appeal to those of us desiring a life of purpose—undulating and infinite as the sea.   [Related Link] Book Reception video cast Koreatimes KoreAm.com Associatedcontent.com    



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  • Comments (3)
  • 2011-03-31   Sakada:
    AMAZING book about some amazing women!
    2011-04-01   emurata:
    Can't wait to "see" and "feel" more of the lives of these inspiring women!
    2011-04-05   H.Cooke:
    Great photography alone would make this valuable publication, but the author/photographer added to the visual treat, the unusual and very important story of these woman. Good academic research and warmly documented interviews with the divers themselves (some as old as 83!) . Congratulations for looking beyond the obvious stories of Korea and finding a remarkable niche in this country's 4000 year history!



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