Kang Jung-hoon used his father’s desk to read books and to write. The desk, with an elaborate carving of a phoenix on each of its sides, serves as a repository of records and a sanctuary of memories.
Kang’s father kept this ledger book from when he did business in Japan. Kang removed pages with writing on them lest they cause harm to the owners of the names recorded within.
The front cover of the ledger book is the only page with writing by Kang’s father. On the remaining pages, Kang practiced writing poetry. After spending some years wandering throughout the country, Kang finally became a poet. In his poems, he sings about the continuing painful history of Jeju 4.3.