If you live in the Los Angeles area, you might wish to pop by the Korean Cultural Center of Los Angeles on Friday evening to attend a book reception with photojournalist and writer Brenda Paik Sunoo, the author of “Moon Tides: The Women Divers of Jeju Island“:

Award-winning author, editor and photojournalist Brenda Paik Sunoo presents images from Moon Tides: Jeju Island Grannies and the Sea. Jeju Island’s sea women, or haenyeo, scour the sea floor as their maternal ancestors did, harvesting seaweed, octopus, sea urchins, turban shells, and abalone. Driven by economics, these women divers plunge more than 65 feet underwater, while holding their breath for over two minutes, and labor well into their 80s. Their numbers have dwindled from fifteen thousand in the 1970s to less than three thousand today. Photo excerpts from the book received the San Francisco-based International Museum of Women’s Community Choice Award.

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