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Who if not she should become the God’s messenger on Earth? A woman doctor, a Professor and Nobel laureate who devoted her entire life to creating new medical technologies in the field of human reproduction is worthy of universal recognition. The novel resembles a biography in the way it isdescribing the life of the main character, but at the same time it is full of love intrigues, questions of personality shaping, psychology of relationship and Eastern mentality. “Any life, even the smallest, is worthy of birth”, this is the motto of this strong woman. The book will also be of interest to all people for whom the birth of children has become an unsolvable problem hidden behind the diagnosis of Infertility.
Targeted Age Group:: 16+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The book you read is written with love and trepidation and its main message is directed to thousands of childless couples who are at a crossroads and are suffering to overcome their childlessness and to not give up.
I would be happy if at least ten, twenty, thirty of these families on reading this novel will decide to take a step forward, learn about the capabilities of modern technologies and become the best parents for their children. After all, many simply do nothing for many years, hoping for a miracle, thus loosing time. But age, especially for women, is the main factor deciding the possibility of having children, and the probability of getting pregnant decreases at a tremendous rate with every lost year, day, minute, and second.
I personally have been overcoming the problem of childlessness for many years. Although I have never been a citizen of South Korea, I was helped by "magicians" of this country of Morning Freshness: they did everything possible to treat the difficult diagnoses and they helped me win. Now I have a daughter, my Princess, my beloved baby, who may be labeled with "Made in Korea".
Please, do not view the novel as an advertisement of South Korean medical care. No way it is so! This country was chosen as the scene of action only in tribute to its undoubted leadership in many spheres, such as robotics, industry, education, science. Of course, we should pay tribute to the honesty, openness and hard work of ordinary Korean citizens.
I would also like to ask the specialists in medicine, Oriental studies, history, and religious studies not to judge the text too strictly. Unfortunately, I am yet not an expert in these areas, and all references to places, technologies, and historical circumstances are not devoid of fiction. However, enough time has been given to be most accurate to actual methods of childlessness treatment. The main goal of the novel is to show the social side of infertility, which is a scourge of the modern society and affects the entire human culture, demographic and political interests of countries. The problem of infertility is not tied to nationality, religion, race, blood type, HIV status and political views: it is impersonal, and thousands of people are facing it now. After all, some people cannot see the point of living without the continuation of their bloodline!
And it doesn't even matter where the person lives: in a megalopolis or a remote village. Unfortunately, the statistics on childlessness are getting worse every year. In many countries of the world the death rate per year is much higher than the birth rate, and entire regions are dying out. I urge people not to blame their relatives, friends, acquaintances who suffer from infertility, not to ask inconvenient questions about children, but to work together to help them solve this problem in a civilized manner and overcome the disease. After all, only united we stand, aren't we?
From the bottom of my heart, I express my deep gratitude and bow low to the best doctor, employees, coordinators of the clinic, who helped my family to obtain Happiness and child's laughter in our home!
I would like to express my gratitude to the Korean doctors for working on the most difficult situations, for not being afraid of diagnoses and trying to make happy the couples who couldn't be helped in their home countries, and who gave up on parenthood. The result of your work is thousands of Angels who drink milk and make happy their loved ones. The novel is not autobiographical, but my personal story is reflected in many of the characters' stories. I sincerely wish all readers to hear the magic words again and again: "You are pregnant! You will have a child!"
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
All the characters and proper names in the book are fictional, and any coincidences are random. Many personal stories and characters of real people are dissolved in the charisma and life of the characters in the book.
It was a hot and stuffy summer in Seoul in 1988.The Supreme power in the country was headed by a representative of military forces Roh Tae-woo, who was finally set the course to democratization. The country was preparing hard for a great sporting event in the autumn of this year "the XXIV summer Olympics". For the upcoming Olympics, the largest stadium was built in the Singpa District which is to the South of the Hangangriver, by the summer of 1988Jamsil Arena had already grown into a complex of various facilities for summer sports. Koreans were incredibly proud of their countryit was no wonder two years earlier that Seoul was chosen to host XX Asian Games, the world's largest sport event.
The incomes of Korean citizens followed the growth of economic potential and gross domestic product of Korea. Of course, a significant role in this development was played by the "injection" of American money given to the country: Korea has proven itself to be an excellent partner primarily in the processing of raw materials into high-tech products. Mechanical engineering, shipbuilding, instrument-making and robotics became the leading state industries. The development of new ways of generating energy (in particular, wind power plants) was also promising. The way of life of modern Koreans was very different from that of the previous generation: housing of ordinary citizens in Seoul became multi-storied, the apartments in modern residential complexes were mainly small, but packed with all sorts of equipment. And by the way, amenities were in every apartment! No one was now surprised by TV sets, washing machines, and alarm systems. Many working families could afford to buy at least an inexpensive, but their own car, personal computer, and some of the citizens already had access to the World Wide Web. The culture in Korea was post-industrial, focused on the development of intellectual means and systems, on improving information technologies, and on the moving to a stage of an information society where information is the main value.
In general if talk about the mentality of Koreans of that time and of modern society, then it is absolutely impossible to compare it with the mentality of a European, Russian or American. These people seem to be from two different planets. Perhaps the difference is so strong due to the fact that in its past Korea has never been an aggressor country, but has acted as a colonial or subordinate country. The majority of the nation was farmers who were not peaceful by nature, unpretentious and hardworking.
What first amazes a foreigner in Seoul? It is that there is no theft at all! And this is not due to the rapid development of technical means of video fixation. Koreans are instilled since childhood that they mustn't take other people's things. One can safely leave their valuable bags or suitcases in the lobby of a house, bus shop or even just on the street, be sure that whenever you return "your things wil be there untouched!
In the design of modern streets, parks, and public places of modern Korean cities they use expensive technical devices, design elements, flowers, and paintings; every Korean treats the public domain with respect and care as is it was their personal thing. They'll do their best not only not to break or spoil something, but also to increase the beauty created. They are thinking about they'll leave to the next generations. It is surprising to see such respect of citizens for other people's or public property, given the somewhat different opinion of foreign guests.
Also, foreigners are often taken aback by another feature of Korean mentality: no envy for the success of relatives, colleagues, businessmen or government servants. In Korean society, it is customary to show only greater respect for the obvious superiority of an acquaintance or interlocutor and to strive, if not to achieve the same success, but to at least become one step closer to it. In this case, a Korean asks himself a single question: "What do I need to change in my life to achieve the same or greater success?" Moreover there are many legitimate ways to achieve success through self-development in the modern world: good education, career advancement, entrepreneurial talents and, of course, working. In general, Koreans are very hardworking people "for the sake of achieving their goals, they are willing to work for 10-12 hours a day and even often go to work on weekends. It was part of their culture since ancient times.
In addition to the above-mentioned features of the Korean mentality, most of Koreans are incorruptible and honest. They just aren't trained to cheat! You can trust a Korean as yourself, especially when it comes to the quality of goods or services, health, prices, business and time. If a Korean has promised to do something, do not doubt, he will definitely do it on time, in the right amount and the best quality! If you accidentally mix up the denomination of a note in a market and leave, forgetting your change, a Korean will certainly catch up with you and return the money you. Of course, given their incorruptible honesty, they also expect the same from their partners, so if you decide to deceive a Korean and the deception is revealed "do not expect good relations in the future. It is also worth mentioning such a feature of the Eastern character as team spirit and mutual support. Koreans are very responsive peopleand this applies to any life situation, starting from everyday issues and ending with financial ones. Probably, the wisdom of that Eastern people lay in these four components celebrated even in the most ancient writings: kindness, honesty, hard work and readiness to help.
On the summer holidays, parents decided to take their children to the sea to relax on the magnificent island of Jeju, famous for its mild climate and breathtaking sunrises. It was located in the South of the the Peninsula behind Korea Strait. The father took a week off from work at his own expense, and the mother canceled music classes with several students. They picked up their children and their suitcases and hopped into a taxi to International Airport Incheon. Seoul saw off the family on a sultry, stifling hot July morning. Upon the arrival at Jeju airport they agreed to meet with friends, husband and wife Lee Jong Wook and Kim Mei Seong, whom they rarely met (the family lived in the city Busan), but every meeting was touching and long-awaited. Jin Ho's father and Jong Wook used to go to College together Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. Unfortunately, Lee Jong Wook and Kim Mei Seong had no children for a number of health reasons.
"Hello, my friend! It's been a long time since I last saw you!" her father said to Mr. Lee, hugging him tightly.
"Hello, my dear. I looked forward to meeting you!"Kim Mei Seong said in a slightly squeaky voice to Jin Ho's mother and took her by the arm, dragging her along, hurrying to tell her all her secrets.
They rented a car, seated the children, and drove off in the direction of the guest house that Jong Wook had inherited from his grandparents.
Jeju land was amazingly beautiful! Just outside the city limits, the road went into a strip of forestthat seemed like green, endless, subtropical jungle. Looking at the forest, it seemed to Jin Ho that in front of her eyes came to life the old granny's stories of good bandits who attacked dishonest rich people in the dense forests, then distributed the goods to poor peasants. The car windows were open, and despite the heat, the air in the woods was cool and fresh, with the wonderful smell of nature. To the left and right, the cliffs rose up to the level of the horizon, and in the distance ahead and the huge extinct volcano of Hallasan could be seen. The island was of volcanic origin, rocky, partly rugged in appearance because of the craters of extinct volcanoes that rose here and there in the distance. There were very nice lawns where medicinal herbs and shrubs grew exuding amazing aroma and beauty. Almost any type of flora and fauna could be found here. There were pine groves, thickets of wild tropical lianas and ivy, palm plantations, mandarin orchards, rare animals and plants, birds and, of course, incomparable beauty of sandy beaches not even mentioning the rich underwater world. However, the swimming season on the island is short, and when the weather changed in the rainy season, hellish winds that could froze anyone to the bone rose.
The car soon drove out of the forest into the wide-open areas, the road twisted like a snake along a rocky cliff of frozen volcanic lava, gradually going downhill. The water in the sea was beautiful, very clear and azure…
"Wow, what a view!" the women exclaimed.
"Mom, mom, we want to go to the sea!" the children shouted excitedly.
It seemed that the splashing waves crashing suicidal on the rocks could reach them! It was unforgettable. The way to the guest house flew by imperceptibly.
Children and adults were delighted with the change from the usual urban environment to clean air and almost pristine nature. The house in which they lived was located 200 meters from the sea’s winding path through a thicket of thorns lead there. The rooms were spacious and clean, and the kitchen had everything you needed for cooking. Flowerbeds with flowers of magnificent beauty were in the yard of the house and a gardener planted and looked after it. In Korea, flowers, trees, and herbs are generally treated in a special way, people treated them as if they were kids. That's usual for a Korean to think "What would I leave to future generations?" instead of "What would I use to please myself today?" Therefore, it is not surprising to find here such a respectful attitude to plants. On the streets of large cities, one can even see special systems for watering and strengthening the roots of trees, which look like huge droppers. And each tree has its own "dropper"!
The sea beckoned with its power and mystery. But the families went there only twice a day: early in the morning or late in the evening, they took tents and sunscreen. In the afternoon when the scorching sun was the strongest they wore clothes and necessarily headdresses. In Korea it is not customary to tan in the sun, as since ancient times tanned skin has been considered to be a sign of a person from the lower clans working in the field. Tan was considered a sign of poverty and bad taste. The second reason is plain fear of getting skin cancer, which is actively advertised by manufacturers of various sunscreens. Korean women are especially caring for the whiteness of their skin and generally do not swim in the sea, do not leave their tents on the beach, so as not to get sunburned. Instead of swimming trunks men wear black swimming suits that cover their legs and arms, children are dressed in long t-shirts and cap on their heads. Europeans sometimes cannot immediately understand whether they had come to a tent camp or to a beach.
This approach to beach recreation, of course, looks weird for tanned Europeans, splashing in the sea in swimming trunks, but this again refers to the issue of the mentality of Asians and Europeans. Not all Asians are good swimmers, so they prefer to splash in the sea near the shore and watch their children. In addition, the beach lifeguard is very vigilant on Korean beaches "a whole squad of strong guys and girls keep a sharp eye on the swimmers, and helicopter-drones often flies over the sea, giving a signal to the lifeguard system if drowning people detected and throwing inflatable circles directly into the sea.
When the children splashed in the sea, the father and his friend swam nearby and kept a sharp eye on the children. Jin Ho liked the beach very much: soft, snow-white sand like porcelain, once wet it could be shaped into funny castles using plastic molds, and in the sea there were small fussy fish that could not be easily caught with your hands. Jin Ho and her brother ran wild and played catch-up, and he also liked the sea very much, but because of his age, he often got cranky and even tried to fight with his sister.
In the afternoon both families went to the parks and museums that abounded on the island. In the Museum of tea so many varieties of hot drink were presented that they felt like kids in candy store, it also came in handy to drink a refreshing cup of tea after such a hot day. The next day they had pleasure of visiting a wonderful park of stones, which featured stone sculptures of handiwork, ritual stones, as well as natural "stone masterpieces". Jin Ho said to the caretaker with a snort:
"I will find a hundred times cooler stones on the beach and bring them to the Museum!"
"I have your word," the wise Korean replied.
The children liked nothing better than simply riding their car or quad bike around the island, going past huge tangerine plantations, along residential and abandoned villages. In the farming villages, they admired fragrant gardens, neat rows of seedbeds separated by walls of volcanic slag. There they also bought fresh vegetables and fruits for diner.
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