Islanders: Jeju, South Korea (2009)
Situated 85 kilometers from the Korean peninsula, volcanic Jeju Island is a popular Korean tourist destination.
Jeju women have traditionally dived for fish in deep water, without breathing apparatus, but the Haenyo (sea-women) are disappearing because today’s young women prefer less strenuous and more lucrative jobs. Jeju women are quite independent!
Healthy food and low pollution enable the inhabitants of Jeju to live long lives, and Jeju is home to 18,000 divinities.