Readings — From the December 2013 issue

The Old Women and the Sea

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From an interview conducted by Youngmi Mayer with Jung Won Oh, Ko Jun Ja, and Mun Yeon Ok, female divers on Korea’s Jeju Island, published in Lucky Peach: The Gender Issue. Haenyo gather shellfish, which they sell to small restaurants by the shore. A man who oversees the restaurants in the village of Gueom-ri, and who goes by “Manager,” was also present for the conversation. Translated from the Korean by Mayer.

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  • andrea

    this is really beautiful. i especially love the phrases ‘greed for money and sea things,’ ‘falls out of our mouths,’ and the answers to ‘what scares you?’ something about the similes that appear in asian language translations…

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