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Mi-ja's great grand-daughter Clara follows Young-Sook around dropping snippets of things her Granny said to her, things Young-Sook doesn't want to hear, steeped in her perception of betrayal. Clara seems determined to make her listen.
A group of scientists come to test the 'heanyeo' confirming their incredible capacity to resist hypothermia versus other women/men.
Another accident at sea.
Joon-lee wins scholarship.
Jun 25, 2019 11:34PM
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Claire McAlpine
Claire McAlpine is on page 275 of 374
Mid section foreboding as the end of war removes Japanese occupation of the island but introduces American military who do nothing as villages and villagers are threatened burned, massacred by local political authorities. The girls become divided as they choose sides. Young sook returns to her mother in law's home. Her father & brother care for the children so she can work, support them all.
Jun 25, 2019 04:22AM
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Claire McAlpine
Claire McAlpine is on page 180 of 374
They become friends at 7 when Mi-ja is caught stealing. An orphan, mistreated by her Aunt and Uncle she helps the family and is rewarded with food; trained to become a 'haenyeo'.
Young-sook's (narrator) initiation into the traditional sea diving occupation becomes fatal when she follows Yu-ri, defying the chief's (her mother) call to return.
Despite the many challenges the girls face, they have their friendship.
Jun 23, 2019 08:17AM
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Claire McAlpine
Claire McAlpine is on page 50 of 374
Going underwater and submerging with the haenyo, part of a matrifocal society in Korea, caught between tradition and modernisation - loving it!
Jun 23, 2019 01:59AM
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