Daughters of the Dragon

Daughters of the Dragon

William Andrews / Sep 23, 2019

Daughters of the Dragon DURING WORLD WAR II the Japanese forced young Korean women to be sex slaves or comfort women for their soldiers This is one woman s riveting story of strength courage and promises kept In

  • Title: Daughters of the Dragon
  • Author: William Andrews
  • ISBN: 9780991395859
  • Page: 447
  • Format: Paperback
  • DURING WORLD WAR II, the Japanese forced 200,000 young Korean women to be sex slaves or comfort women for their soldiers This is one woman s riveting story of strength, courage and promises kept.In 1943, the Japanese tear young Ja hee and her sister from their peaceful family farm to be comfort women for the Imperial Army Before they leave home, their mother gives themDURING WORLD WAR II, the Japanese forced 200,000 young Korean women to be sex slaves or comfort women for their soldiers This is one woman s riveting story of strength, courage and promises kept.In 1943, the Japanese tear young Ja hee and her sister from their peaceful family farm to be comfort women for the Imperial Army Before they leave home, their mother gives them a magnificent antique comb with an ivory inlay of a two headed dragon, saying it will protect them The sisters suffer terribly at the hands of the Japanese, and by the end of the war, Ja hee must flee while her sister lies dying Ja hee keeps her time as a comfort woman a secret while she struggles to rebuild her life She meets a man in North Korea who shows her what true love is But the communists take him away in the middle of the night, and she escapes to the South There, she finally finds success as the country rebuilds after the Korean War However when her terrible secret is revealed, she s thrown into poverty In the depths of despair, she s tempted to sell the comb with the two headed dragon that she believes has no magic for her Then one day she discovers its true meaning and her surprising heredity And now she must find the only person who can carry on the legacy of the two headed dragon someone she abandoned years ago.Set within the tumultuous backdrop of 20th century Korea, Daughters of the Dragon by award winning author William Andrews will make you cry and cheer for Ja hee And in the end, you ll have a better understanding of the Land of the Morning Calm.Daughters of the Dragon is inspired by The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, Memiors of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, the books of Amy Tan and Lisa See.

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    1. “If we don’t learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it.” George SantayanaDaughters o the Dragon opened my eyes to ‘Comfort Women’, a term I had never heard. During World War II, thousands of young women were abducted from their homes and forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army. They were unnervingly called ‘comfort women’ and the brothels ‘comfort stations’. The stations were set up during the war to keep up morale of Japanese soldiers and discourage their [...]


    2. Four stars for the main story retelling the past. Two stars for the present day story, which at times was cringe-worthy. Averaging that gives three stars, but I'll add another star for the Korean history lesson. Perhaps if I were better versed in Korean / Japanese history beforehand it wouldn't have been as interesting, but it was an accessible way to learn some basic dynamics of the region's history and culture and make me eager to read further on the subject.


    3. Check out my blog to see Reviews of Books and Movies as well as Recipes and DIY projectsI received this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review. Daughters of the Dragon is written by Bill Andrews and is historically based around the women who were forced by the Japanese to be “comfort women” or ianfu during World War II. A girl named Anna is a Korean who was adopted by an American family as a baby. When her American mother dies of cancer she finds that she is at an impasse in [...]


    4. During WW II, the Japanese forced young Korean women to be sex slaves for the Japanese soldiers. This is the story of Ja-hee. She and her sister are forced into this life and it is a brutal existence until Ja-hee escapes after her sister’s death. She tries to build a new life but has always felt embarrassment and the shame of her past even though it was not her fault what she had to endure. Her mother had given the girls an ivory comb of a two-headed dragon saying it is to protect them. Over t [...]


    5. Trigger warnings for rape and abuse against women in the novel."You an still be saved," Soo-hee said, "and then you can tell them what hapened here.""I don't want anyone to know what happened here," I said."Then,: Soo-hee said, :they will get away with itYou must go, please, do this for me. Do this for all of us."Plainly written and to the point, and yet still beautiful and powerful, this is a story about a part of history that has been put under the table, almost duct-tapped in it's attempt to [...]


    6. Wow - that was not an easy read, but it is a book that needs to be read. It deals with a part of history that I knew very little about and what these women went through is horrific - I think it is shocking that it hasn't really been acknowledge. It was written well and is very accessible - I thought the structure of it was well done. It was a very interesting book - I know very little about the regions history - and it was engaging throughout. I finished this in a few sittings - I just needed to [...]


    7. This book hooked me in the first chapter and kept me interested the entire book. I received it as a loaner book from my amazon Prime account. It is a historical fiction story about Korea during WW II when they were occupied by Japan, during the Korean war, and beyond. The story is narrated by the grandmother, who as a young girl is sent to be a "comfort woman" for Japanese servicemen (basically a prostitute without the money). It is a gripping story of an extremely sad time in history (at the en [...]


    8. An historical fiction story that haunts the reader.This book is one of the finest books I have read in a long time. It is a tragic and triumphant telling of the atrocities that over 200,000 Korean women (usually young teenage girls) had to endure at the hands of Japanese soldiers during WWII. At this time, Korea was subject to Japan and its soldiers and were helpless to deal with the situation. In this particular Korean family, the mother was sent to work long hours in a factory producing for th [...]


    9. I feel like I'm a pretty slow reader, averaging at a good pace maybe one book a month. I finished this book in about a week so I know it was good. An event in world history that I was truly ignorant of, but now feel passionate about, Daughters of the Dragon weaves the fictional story of Hong, Ja-hee around the true events that took place not only in WWII, but also throughout the Korean war which to this day has never ended. As a Westerner, I admittedly focus more on European and American histori [...]


    10. While the story itself was interesting, and one that deserves to be told, I wasn't a big fan of the writing style. It was written in first person, but was suck somewhere between a descriptive and conversational style that didn't seem to flow well. I also didn't like the frame story format. I would have enjoyed the novel more if it was only from the grandmother's point of view, as nothing that the granddaughter did seemed all that important or additive to the story. This book was given to be my N [...]


    11. The main story of this book is told by a grandma in Korea; Who asked her birth grandaughter to come sit with an absolute stranger in a foreign country for six hours and listen to one hell of a long story. It was a good book it had nice backstory to some suffering Koreans had during multiple occupations of war. BUT the story was a bit of a stretch. Some of it didn't seem necessary and I couldn't stay attached to the narrator. not a bad book but not astounding


    12. Where do I start from this book was phenomenal. It was a perfect blend of history and fiction. You meet two characters in this book and I loved how easily the author would flow back and forth between characters and scenes was not choppy and sloppy.As much as I loved this book and couldn't put it down it was heartbreaking.And as you go along reading it you see how she was protected by the comb but it was to me sort of like bad luck protections defiantly a must read!


    13. Several explicit scenes. Hard to fathom that things like this actually happened. I liked when the grandma related scenes from her past. I did not like the present scenes nearly as much. The granddaughter's character was super lacking.


    14. One reviewer commented, "I loved it and I hated it." Yes, exactly. It is so amazingly good, and yet so hard to read the horrible treatment of the comfort girls. I grew a lot in knowledge of the Korean War, too.


    15. My mother lived in Manchuria through the Japanese occupation and later the liberation by the Soviet army. I can't say which part of her story is more horrific. I kowtow to the women, who had the strength to survive their ordeal and the courage to tell about it.





    16. I know nothing about wars, except the tragedy that they leave in their wake, and reading this book got me to look into Asia and the role they played in the world wars. The bulk of the story is narrated by a woman. She's Anna's grandmother. The two meet when Anna makes a trip to Korea with her father to trace her biological mother. She does this after her mother, Susan, passes away after battling cancer. I knew nothing about Korea or that the Japanese would take young girls away from their homes [...]


    17. Having read many books about China and even Japan, it was incredibly refreshing and enlightening to read a historical novel about often-overlooked Korea. My husband and I are from Minnesota (where the book begins), know many Korean adoptees and came close to being adoptive parents of a Korean daughter, so that part of the story tugged at my heart and hit home even more. I appreciated being able to witness the horrors of the war through one family's experiences, the political aftermath and challe [...]


    18. It's been a long time since I've read such a moving story. There was one time in particular that I had to put the book down for a couple of days, because I couldn't get myself to read what was inevitably going to happen. The author deals with this difficult issue in a very sensitive manner. The narration works perfectly for the chosen approach. The characters are well-developed and realistic. I look forward to reading The Dragon Queen.


    19. Enjoyed learning more about the Korean experience during WWII. What these sweet, innocent girls had to endure is unbelievable. I don't think I could have survived that they endured for 2 years. Such a tragedy for them and their families. Also thought it was interesting when the North/South Korean discussions were held and the effort to attempt to reunite Korea was unsuccessful. The author shared information on the history of this area that is valuable.


    20. Angry. This book made me angry. The story is an important one to tell and one that was, in abstract, moving. I am not minimizing the horrific things that happened to Ja-hee. The voice was not, however, from that woman but from a white man detailing the gratuitous violence done. Anna was just a prop and even her struggles were brushed over. At no point did I feel the hearts, the Yi, of any of the women. One star for the overview of Korean history and Japanese (and American) oppression.


    21. I never knew. This book was written from a women's perspective by a male author. I read with my female voice without realizing until the end that I never noted the author. I respect his interest in the content and the time he took to research the material, updating it to today. Nearly unbelievable. I wish it were not true.


    22. A very good read, giving a glimpse to how certain people might have lived in the early days of modern Korean history. One of few fiction works, in English, embedded in the era of Japanese occupied Korea, and in particular, on the matter of comfort women in Japanese occupied Asia.


    23. With a read for the history lesson, I never had heard of comfort women before. Every day books like this open my eyes to the untold cruelties of war.




    24. What a fascinating story!!! I loved everything about this book! Everyone must read. I can't believe I've never heard of comfort women.



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