The calligrapher’s daughter is a fascinating story, mainly because it tells the story of life in Korea at the turn of the 20th century.
Najin Han, the main character, is the daughter of a calligrapher, whose work are renowned through out South East Asia. The Japanese annexation of Korea and subsequent ‘occupation’ sees the end of the traditional Korean way of life.
Najin Han’s father, a traditionalist, struggles to come to grips with this ‘new’ Korea and the status given to women. Japanese methods of colonisation were aimed at destroying the fabric of traditional Korean life and culture.
This is a densely written book detailed in it’s reflections of traditional Korean life at a time of unprecedented change.
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