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Mermaids of Jeju

Title: Mermaids of Jeju

Dates: 17th century - present

Era in History: Joseon Dynasty, Japanese Occupation, Korean Empire

Summary: Wade into the watery world of the haenyeo, South Korea’s famous female free-divers. Courageous women who learned to thrive in the underwater world of Jeju Island through centuries of experience. The life-force of their island, they maintained its economy during the harrowing Japanese occupation, expanded the fishing industry across the Korean peninsula, and provided not just for their families, but for their nation.


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