An Australian girl, careworn by way of the unique sin of her Caucasian ancestors, and a Taiwanese girl, haunted through the thoughts of a hundred years of clash in her place of origin, meet as backpackers whereas vacationing in South Korea. As they stay and trip jointly, girls in flight, one from the East and the opposite from the West, fight to discover a fashion out in their own dilemmas.
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Shortly after the sunrise of the recent millennium, Judy and Jiaying are thrown jointly in a early life hostel in Seoul, either having escaped long term relationships. Their arrival in Seoul within the first yr of the twenty first century coincides with passionate anti-American demonstrations at the streets of town, as South Koreans protest opposed to US troops being stationed of their nation, western hegemony and the manipulations of fingers buyers. Anti-American sentiment spreads like wildfire.
Judy’s mom and dad hail from Britain and France, meet in Paris in the course of a unstable interval in French historical past – the scholar move of 1968 – and later migrate to Australia to start a brand new existence. After her mom and dad half, Judy abandons racial and cultural prejudice and, whereas learning in Tokyo, falls in love with Zhou, a chinese language pupil from Beijing. yet this stormy courting ultimately culminates in violence and Judy, fleeing its dying, escapes to Seoul.
Jiaying’s relations are from war-torn China, which, within the nineteenth century had suffered invasion and colonisation by means of the British and French; within the twentieth century have been occupied by means of the japanese, below the pretext of releasing Asia from Western imperialists; and was once then convulsed via a Communist revolution propped up by way of the Russians. Having either fought in and sought to flee the wars, Jiaying’s grandparents and oldsters ultimately settle in Taiwan, sporting with them the scars of a century of clash. trying to start a brand new lifestyles in this island of exiles, they try to return to phrases with the humiliation that generations of chinese language humans had suffered.
Jiaying, twelve years older than Judy, turns into her in basic terms confidante, because the more youthful lady pours out her frustrations. Judy nonetheless loves her chinese language boyfriend, yet may by no means fairly comprehend him. In Judy’s painful fight to come back to phrases with the previous, Jiaying is reminded of her personal background, from which she nonetheless seeks an get away. Nationalism that has wounded and distorted historical past many times over the past hundred years; violence due to sexuality repressed via Confucianism … as Jiaying started her dating with a eu guy, these items had began to seep into her lifestyles. Judy’s tale supplies Jiaying a channel to tackle her personal recommendations and steadily commence the therapeutic process.
And but, while the ladies forge new paths throughout the emotional jungle in their lives, violence once more shatters the possibility of peace of mind.
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