To the Diamond Mountains: A Hundred Year Journey Through China and Korea (published by Rowman and Littlefield this month) takes readers on a unique journey through China and North and South Korea.
Following in the footsteps of a remarkable writer, artist and feminist, Emily Kemp, who traveled this route a century ago in the year when Korea became a Japanese colony the journey 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, and nothing is quite as it seems.
Northeast Asia today 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 the region’s present and future.
Book Launch and Talk: “To the Diamond Mountains with Tessa Morris-Suzuki. A Journey through China and the two Koreas”
Monday November 15 at Asia Bookroom
An evening not to be missed for anyone interested in the present or past of this important, and lesser known, part of the world.
Tessa Morris-Suzuki is Professor of Japanese History in the College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. She has published widely on issues of history and memory in Northeast Asia; migration and ethnic minorities in Japan; Cold War history in Northeast Asia; and concepts of area studies, civil society and human rights. Her work has appeared in Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Spanish, Dutch and French translation. Her other recent books include The Past Within Us: Media, Memory, History; Exodus to North Korea: Shadows from Japan’s Cold War; and Borderline Japan: Foreigners and Frontier Controls in the Postwar Era. She is also an enthusiastic traveler and has published children’s stories and poetry (including the collection of poems Peeling Apples).
If you can’t join us on November the 15th but would like to buy a signed copy or would just like to look at the details just click here To The Diamond Mountains: A Hundred-Year Journey through China
When: 6pm Monday, 15th November
RSVP: By Saturday 13th November by phoning +61(2)6251 5191
Admission by gold coin donation. All money raised will go towards the excellent work done by the Eugene Bell Foundation