“Her Story”, Chinese transcript

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本片以日军的受害者—-慰安妇的真人实事制作完成。
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从小遇到好的父母,没受过什么苦,嗯,没受过什么苦。
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我父亲反对日本鬼子做的事儿
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从巡警驻地 ,派出所那儿来人了。
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说怎么不上缴铜器。

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你们这些日本鬼子,杀了我也休想把这些拿走。
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我是不会妥协的。
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带着我家的下人们
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把铜器都埋在了地里
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晚上挖了好几十行
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挖好了以后,就埋在地里了。
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不知道是谁告了密
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我父亲就被抓走了.
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有一次,我去看我父亲。
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我的父亲很生气
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他说,那儿不是我该去的地方
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让我不要再去那儿
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就算来了,他也不会见我。
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嘱咐我,千万不能再去那儿。
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我父亲训了我一顿
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过了几天,村长来了。
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小姐,在日本做碗的工厂
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在那个工厂干上两年到两年半
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受点儿苦出来就行了
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就是说我去那家工厂工作,我父亲就能被放出来。
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那个时候就信以为真了
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他的父亲没有被释放,死在了监狱里。
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我呢,去了雅加达。
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有个地方叫斯马朗
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一共13 个人去了那儿
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到了那儿才知道 , 那儿不是日本
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是一个很远的国家。
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开始的时候,有一天晚上来了一个军官。
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喝得烂醉
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吓得我直发抖,那个时候我才15 岁。
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在去那儿的人中, 我的年龄最小。
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就那样
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受到了凌辱。
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从那以后,我不想理会他们 ,反抗挣扎的时候
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给我注射了鸦片
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就那样我就鸦片中毒了。
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连数都数不清,也不知道是星期几。
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排着对,连衣服都不脱。
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到哪儿去诉这些苦啊?
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死了两个人
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像埋死狗一样就给埋了
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哪有什么葬礼啊
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有一种金鸡纳霜疟疾药
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我攒了40片
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因为军医官是韩国人,我每次攒了2片,3片。
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我把攒的那些药一下就吃进去了
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想死还没死了
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三天后醒了
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听在场的人说
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从嘴里,鼻子里,耳朵里出了很多血,浑身都是血。
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一个星期去检查一次身体
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部队里有一个野战医院
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另外还有一个大医院
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从那儿出去,可以看到印度尼西亚的土著民
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看到他们真是开心极了
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脸特别黑
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即使那样也特别高兴
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一直周围都是男人,看到那些人
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眼泪就往外涌
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我们没想到他们能投降
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当时去了13个人,死了3个人。嗯,有3个人死了。
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剩下的10 个人,那个防空洞
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那个防空洞,一下子进不了那么多人。
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就带了几个人进了那个防空洞
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后来才知道,把带进去的人埋在那儿了。
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10个人中不是4个就是3 个
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先进防空洞的人全都死了
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在部队里有韩国军人
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有来取士兵们衣服的人
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那个人是印度尼西亚人
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韩国军人写了一封信交给了那个人
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那封信是给联合军的
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让那个人快点交给联合军
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所以那些联合军就闯了进来
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如果稍微晚一步,我们可能就死了。
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就可能进了那个防空洞
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我成了孤儿。
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父亲去世了,母亲也去世了。
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然后所有的下人也都离开了
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回到了家以后,我就戒了鸦片。
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戒鸦片大概花了4、5个月的时间。
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我的家里就剩我一个人了
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后来时间长了,
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就想只要留着我这口气,
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就算能抢走我的身体,也没法夺走我的灵魂。
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靠着那样的想法,活到了现在 。

New York Holocaust Center to open comfort women’s hall

The Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center & Archives located at Queensborough Community College in New York has decided to team up with the local Korean American association to install a permanent exhibition hall to introduce to Americans pain and suffering of comfort women who were forced to be sex slavers for the Japanese military by investing 80,000 U.S. dollars.

According to the Holocaust Resource Center & Archives and the Korean American Association of Greater New York on Monday (local time), Dr. Arthur Flug, executive director of the Holocaust center, visited the association’s office and agreed to implement the measure. Flug said, “We plan to create an exhibition hall at 100 sq. meter space within the center, and the center will pay 30,000 dollars of the 80,000-dollar expense.” The Korean American association will hold a board meeting next week and discuss measures to mobilize the remaining 50,000 dollars. The exhibition hall will display voice records of sex slavery victims, interview videos, photos and historical materials.

Chairman Min Seung-ki of the Korean association quoted Director Flug as saying at their meeting that “thinking what I would feel if my own granddaughter fell victim to sex slavery, I decided to do this without fail before I die. It is our obligation to teach next generations to ensure such a thing will never happen again.”

“The Korean American community should have taken the initiative, and we feel sorry that the Holocaust Center took the lead,” Min said. “If a permanent exhibition hall is installed, we expect it will spread to hundreds of other holocaust museums within the U.S.” The Holocaust Museum in Long Island, New York, is also reportedly considering setting a special exhibition hall jointly with a Korean American organization.

Japan’s Lawmakers Launch Campaign Against ‘Comfort Women’ Memorials

Japanese conservatives are taking the offensive in the battle over World War II sex slaves – and it seems likely to do them more harm than good.

Some 300 legislators from around Japan have sent a petition to the city of Glendale, Calif., demanding the removal of a statue honoring women who were forced or coerced into working in brothels serving the Japanese military during World War II.

Supporters of the memorials say as many as 200,000 women from Korea and other Asian countries were forced to work as so-called “comfort women.” The Glendale memorial was built largely at the request of the area’s large Korean-American community. It is a duplicate of a statue installed outside the Japanese embassy in Seoul – one of many irritants to Japan-South Korea relations.

At a Tokyo press conference Tuesday, opponents said the memorial spread “false propaganda” and has resulted in bullying, harassment and discrimination against Japanese residents in the Glendale area. “Japanese schoolchildren are suffering from bullying by Koreans. Some of them told us they feel anxiety because they must hide being Japanese. Korean people are presenting this as a human rights issue, but this can only lead to a new conflict of racial discrimination,” said Yoshiko Matsuura, a Tokyo-area assemblywoman and representative of a conservative group called the Japan Coalition of Legislators Against Fabricated History.

The press conference appeared to be part of a concerted campaign to push back against comfort women charges. Japanese activists in California filed suit in federal court last week demanding the U.S. government order the city of Glendale to remove the statue, situated in a public park. Earlier this week, a spokesman for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the Japanese government would review a landmark 1993 government statement that apologized and admitted responsibility for operating the so-called comfort women system during the war. Any change to that statement is certain to further damage relations with South Korea and China, already at a low point over territorial claims and historical disputes.

Taking the fight over comfort women to the United States is a “huge mistake,” says Brad Glosserman, executive director of the Pacific Forum CSIS, a Honolulu-based think tank.

“Clearly the American government is displeased by the notion that the Japanese are taking this argument to our shores and making it an American domestic political battle. It’s something they should settle themselves,” said Glosserman.

The issue already is causing controversy. Glendale’s sister city in Japan canceled a student exchange program in December in protest over the memorial. An online petition at the White House website in support of removing the Glendale statue has received 127,000 signatures; a petition in support of keeping it has attracted 106,000 signatures.

The memorial was installed in a public park in Glendale, a suburb of Los Angeles, in July 2013.  It features a bronze statue of a young Korean woman sitting next to an empty chair. A stone plaque is etched, jarringly, with the title “I Was A Sex Slave of the Japanese Military.” A similar memorial has been built in New Jersey.

According to the lawsuit filed last week, installing the statue “exceeds the power of Glendale, infringes upon the federal government’s power to exclusively conduct the foreign affairs of the United States and violates the supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution.”

Matsuura, who traveled to Glendale to deliver a copy of the petition to local officials last month, says the 1993 apology is based on unreliable and unverified testimony. She accused Korea of exporting the issue to the United States.

“We were shocked by a statue of a comfort girl in America, a third country, not in Korea. We have a responsibility to protest,” Matsuura said through an interpreter. A member of her husband’s family served in the Japanese Imperial Army during the war and was taken prisoner in Siberia, Matsuura said.

The Obama administration has become increasingly frustrated with the rightward tilt of Japan’s leadership. The State Department said it was “disappointed” with Abe’s visit in December to the Yasukuni Shrine, which glorifies Japan’s role in World War II.

Weeks later, it labeled as “preposterous” public statements by an Abe-appointee to the board of the national broadcaster, NHK, that the United States had fabricated war crimes charges against Japan’s wartime leaders to cancel out America’s own war crimes, which he said include the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the fire-bombings of Tokyo.

Glosserman says Japanese efforts to re-write wartime history are damaging the interests of both countries. “The United States wants Japan to be a more respected and more effective contributor to regional security, and to play a larger role in the region. And all that this historical revisionism does is undermine that,” he says.

By Time Magazine

Australian “comfort woman” slams Japan’s “hideous” denials

“It’s just hideous not to acknowledge it (coercion of young women into sex slaves by Japanese army during World War II), there are so many witnesses who have spoken out about this,” Mrs Jan Ruff-O’Herne, a former wartime sex slave, was quoted by Australian newspaper the Age on Tuesday as saying.

Ruff-O’Herne expressed her anger from her home in South Australian city of Adelaide,saying that Japanese leaders must acknowledge the country’s history of war crimes.

Ruff-O’Herne, now 91, was captured as a teenager with her Dutch parents in Java, Indonesia. She was raped and beaten by Japanese soldiers and later coerced into a sex slave during the war. She migrated to Australia in the 1960s. Her photo is on display at the Australian War Memorial’s World War II section.

The report said that she kept secret her abuse at the hands of Japanese soldiers, even from her family for 50 years until speaking out in the early 1990s in support of South Korean comfort women seeking an apology from Japan.

“First it was only the Korean women, and nobody took any notice because ‘they were only Asian women’. But then when a European woman spoke out the world suddenly took notice,” Ruff-O’Herne said.

The pressure led to the Japanese government issuing a remarkable statement of “apologies and remorse” for abused women, with a promise to teach people about what had taken place.

The report also quoted Tessa Morris-Suzuki, an expert on modern Japanese history at the Australian National University, as saying that the “comfort women” issue had become symbolic in the revisionist drive trying to argue Japan was as much a victim as the aggressor.

“From the point of view of people like Mr. (Prime Minister Shinzo) Abe and others in his government, it is something that makes Japan look very bad .. they want to say this didn’t happen, or it didn’t happen the way people think it did – or if it did happen, everybody else did it as well,” Morris-Suzuki said.

The report said that supporters of the abused women fear an attempt to airbrush history after Japan’s chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga last week indicated the government wanted to verify the authenticity of testimony from 16 South Korean comfort women recorded in the lead-up to the 1993 apology.

“No inquiry has been launched but ultra-conservatives in Japan’ s parliament dismiss the stories and say there are no documents to prove Japanese soldiers forced women into sexual servitude,” the report said.

Ruff-O’Herne said the apology must stand.

“When such a terrible thing happens, you expect an apology. It was important for my healing process. It takes a lifetime to get over a thing like that,” she was quoted as saying.

From Canberra, Xinhua news agency

Comfort women exhibition room will be set at NewYork Queens Community college

Holocaust Center at Queens Community college decides to build ‘comfort women’ exhibition room, cooperation with Korean American community in New York. Holocaust Center at QCC invited  Korean comfort women and had an opportunity to talk with students before.

Article related to the prior event:

Students who took part in a Queensborough Community College internship program were able to put a face on history this week when the school’s Kupferberg Holocaust Center was paid a visit by one of the surviving Korean comfort women.

During the past school year, students from the Bayside-based college were able to interview the women, who were kidnapped and forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese during World War II, via Skype.

On Thursday evening, Ok Sun Lee, 87, traveled from Korea to the Holocaust center to tell her story. She is one of only 58 living comfort women.

“I was dragged by the Japanese military to a comfort station,” Lee said. “I hate the term ‘comfort woman.’ They abducted us. There was nothing comfortable about it.”

Lee was grabbed in the street by the Japanese in broad daylight during July 1942 and taken to a comfort station, which she said was populated by girls as young as 11 to 14 years.

“It was hell,” she said. “It was not a place for a human being to live in. If the girls did not do what they were told to do, they would beat, stab or shoot us.”

During one incident, a soldier slashed Lee’s arm when she refused his advances and, during another, she was stabbed in the foot after attempting to flee.

But Lee said she was most upset that the Japanese government has still not apologized for the atrocities committed against the comfort women during World War II.

“Japan is still lying and saying they didn’t force us into sexual slavery,” she told attendees through a translator at Queensborough’s event. “Many of the survivors are passing away. The government of Japan is waiting for us to all die. But this would still not be resolved.”

Students who interviewed the comfort women pledged to share the women’s stories with others.

“Every intern who has interviewed a Holocaust survivor or comfort woman made a promise they would never forget them and they’d tell their stories,” said Arthur Flug, executive director of the Kupferberg center.

Alexander Crombez, who interviewed Lee via Skype, said the internship was an unforgettable experience.

“When you are taking a class, it is valuable because it teaches you facts,” he said. “When I spoke to Ok Sun Lee, that was when history came to life. She was taken when she was 15, which is how old my sister is. I have to take what she told me and pass it on to the next generation.”