In a modern world where blood and boundary no longer define identity how do you find belonging and self?
The Kuaka is a special bird, a bird without boundary or home. Migrating vast distances between Berengia and New Zealand via Asia; Maori and Korean’s alike believe the Kuaka is a messenger, a bringer of luck.
The cry of the Kuaka is an epic tale of three generations of Korean women and their struggle to find peace, love and identity. Life has always been hard for Korean women; ancient Confucian values and customs dictating their role and place in society. Battling through war and discrimination, the women must overcome incredible adversity to find happiness and ultimately their place in the modern world.
This story follows the lives of these extraordinary women and the men who touch their hearts, two of them New Zealanders. The first, a Japanese Prisoner of War: the second, a rugged hunter. A man still coming to terms with his own identity.
From rural Korea, to the brothels and POW camps of Yokohama, to the United Sates and the Southern Alps of NZ; then ultimately climaxing at Cape Reinga, this is a story of endurance, honour and shame. Set against the Japanese annexation of Korea, WW2 and the Korean War, it is a story of the modern world: a world without boundary; a world where culture and identity confuse and collide.
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