ON LUSH Jeju Island off South Korea, the "grannies of the sea" plunge 20 meters under the waves for minutes at a time. They harvest seaweed and shellfish for export and local use, and many dive well into their 80s. The sea grannies, known as haenyeo, have been doing this since the 18th century, but today's generation may be the last of this tradition. Co-authors Brenda Paik Sunoo and Youngsook Han's book on the sea grannies, Moon Tides: Jeju Island Grannies of the Sea, will be published this fall by Seoul Selection.
Photo courtesy of Brenda Paik Sunoo (email@example.com).
A SHAMELESS PLUG for Brenda, a longtime friend and former editor at the Korea Times and Workforce, a human-resources and management magazine. Brenda left the news industry eons ago to: Earn an MFA in creative writing. Start a grief-recovery consulting firm called Compassion at Work after the sudden death of her teenage son, Tommy. Travel the world with her husband, Jan, a federal mediator. Write books (Vietnam Moment and Seaweed and Shamans: Inheriting the Gifts of Grief). Live in Vietnam, exploring its culture and economy.
THIS SUMMER, BRENDA'S photos will appear in a juried photo exhibition called "Picturing Power & Potential," co-sponsored by the San Francisco Arts Commission and the International Museum of Women (IMOW), showcasing artists from the United States, Japan, Kenya, Brazil, China, India, The Netherlands, Iran and Canada. The photo exhibit is part of an ongoing project by IMOW called "Economica: Women and the Global Economy." Clare Winterton, IMOW executive director, said the photos "speak to the breadth of experience women have as participants in the global economy,” and that women are making "incredible strides as powerful, economic change-agents."
THE EXHIBITION WILL run at San Francisco City Hall from June 15 to September 4, 2010, with an opening reception that is free and open to the public on Tuesday, June 15, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Check it out.