From the publisher’s website:
This compelling and engaging book takes readers on a unique journey through China and North and South Korea. Tessa Morris-Suzuki travels from Harbin in the north to Busan in the south, and on to the mysterious Diamond Mountains, which lie at the heart of the Korean Peninsula’s crisis. As she follows in the footsteps of a remarkable writer, artist, and feminist who traced the route a century ago—in the year when Korea became a Japanese colony—her saga reveals an unseen face of China and the two Koreas: a world of monks, missionaries, and smugglers; of royal tombs and socialist mausoleums; a world where today’s ideological confrontations are infused with myth and memory. Northeast Asia is poised at a moment of profound change as the rise of China is transforming the global order and tensions run high on the Korean Peninsula, the last Cold War divide. Probing the deep past of this region, To the Diamond Mountains offers a new and unexpected perspective on its present and future.
Tessa Morris-Suzuki is professor in the College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University. She is the winner of the 2013 Fukuoka Prize. To watch the author’s video about making the book, click here.
Prologue: May Day on the Yalu River
Chapter 1: On the Move: To Harbin and Hulan
Chapter 2: Manchurian Ghosts: Changchun and Shenyang
Chapter 3: Of Sacred Mountains: Liaoyang and the Thousand Peaks
Chapter 4: Borderlands: From Shanyang to Dandong
Chapter 5: Across the Bridge: To Sinuiju and beyond
Chapter 6: Diversion: On Time
Chapter 7: The New Jerusalem: Pyongyang
Chapter 8: Both Sides Now: Kaesong, Dorasan, and the Line in Between
Chapter 9: In the Palace of the Murdered Queen: Seoul
Chapter 10: Islands in the Bay: To Busan
Chapter 11: The Road to the Mountains: South from Wonsan
Chapter 12: Traveling Hopefully