A break from tradition this month. November’s book for discussion is a novel written in English, rather than one translated from the Korean. We’ll be there because we rather liked the book.
White Chrysanthemum: A discussion with author Mary Lynn Bracht
Wednesday 28 November, 19.00-21.00
Venue: Korean Cultural Centre UK
Entrance Free – Booking Essential. Apply to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7004 2600 with your name and contact details by Sunday 11th November.
The booking system utilises a lottery based programme that picks names at random. Once the final selection has been drawn we will send you an e-mail regarding the result of the selection. You can pick up a copy of the book from the KCCUK, once you have received your confirmation e-mail.
About the Book
Telling the story of two young sisters violently separated in Korea during the Second World War, we follow Hana as she becomes a ‘comfort woman’, or sexual slave for Japanese military and her sister Emi, who never gives up hope that the two will see each other again. Although this isn’t a true story, the history is very real, and White Chrysanthemum introduces a whole new generation of women to this period of Korean history, Japanese occupation during WWII and the tragic stories of thousands of women that will never be heard.
About the Author
Mary Lynn Bracht is an American author of Korean descent who now lives in London. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck, University of London. She grew up in a large ex-pat community of women who came of age in post-war South Korea. In 2002 Bracht visited her mother’s childhood village, and it was during this trip she first learned of the ‘Comfort Women’ captured and set up in brothels for the Japanese military. White Chrysanthemum is her first novel.