About ‘Justice for Comfort Women’

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From the left, Hanna Lee(University of Southern California), Alberta Yoo(Yongsan International School of Seoul), Jessie Jung-yeon Park(Barnard college), and Ray Dongho Kim(University of Pennsylvania)

This year, again, another comfort woman passed away. Her name was Chunhee Bae, and she used to live in House of Sharing. When we visited the house during the winter vacation, she sang us songs in Korean, Japanese, Russian, and Chinese. She remembered the entire lyrics of the Japanese song she learned when she was conscripted as a sex slave for the Japanese army as a teenage girl. The nightmare during the teenage is never forgotten, she told us.

Now, we only have 54 women surviving, and only 49 in South Korea. The US Congress, in the 2007 resolution, criticized the sex slaves of the Japanese military during the WWII 「the “comfort women” system of forced military prostitution by the Government of Japan, considered unprecedented in its cruelty and magnitude, included gang rape, forced abortions, humiliation, and sexual violence resulting in mutilation, death, or eventual suicide in one of the largest cases of human trafficking in the 20th century.
The international community and UN demanded no less than 10 times that Japan takes appropriate measures including official apology and compensation for this issue. Congresses in nine countries around the world adopted a resolution letter memorial monuments were erected in 12 regions of three countries. Perhaps they are waiting for these women who are 88 and older to pass away. However, history never stops.

We, four students, do not have great power or loud voice. However, we wanted to help. We wanted more people to know about these women’s stories as they have been living for more than 70 years with stigma and sorrow after the brutal experience during their teenage.

Announcement: ‘Justice for Comfort Women’ now has new members, dedicated to commit themselves to help these surviving ladies’ voice reach out broader audience.

From the left, Daniel-Jinwon Kim(Yongsan International School of Seoul), Cindy-Jinwon Kim(Korea International School), and Andrew-Kyoungwan Woo(Prospective student at Phillips Exeter Academy).

12 thoughts on “About ‘Justice for Comfort Women’”

  1. thank you for this! As Willison alum myself (’90) I’m delighted to discover this site and your efforts. We’ve launched a global petition campaign to stop Abe regime’s insidious domestic efforts to ‘mainstream’ his denialist history throughout Japan’s schools. Join our fun photo message action with ‪#‎TruthTodayPeaceTomorrow‬ to spread the online petition at chn.ge/1AH44aa, Thank you! Miho Kim Lee

  2. As a Williston alum myself (’90), I’m delighted to discover your efforts and this site. I am part of a global petition campaign effort out of Japan, with allies in Korea, Zainichi Koreans in the US, Taiwan, and beyond, to halt Abe regime’s insidious domestic attempts at ‘mainstreaming’ his denialist history throughout Japan’s schools… which threatens to obscure the truth about Comfort Women in the consciousness of Japanese society as a whole. Join our fun photo message action with ‪#‎TruthTodayPeaceTomorrow‬ to spread the online petition at chn.ge/1AH44aa, thanks! Miho K Lee

  3. You guys have been doing great job.
    I hope the surviving comfort women receive proper acknowledgement and apology from enforcers while they are still alive..

  4. Former US president Hebert Hoover wrote in his book “Freedom Betrayed”, completed in 1965, as follows:

    I first visited Korea in 1909, to advise some Japanese Industrialists on engineering matters. The Korean people at that time were in the most disheartening condition that I had witnessed in any part of Asia. There was little law and order. The masses were underfed, under-clothed, under housed and under equipped. There was no sanitation, and filth and squalor enveloped the whole countryside. The roads were hardly passable, and there were scant communication or educational facilities. Scarcely a tree broke the dismal landscape. Thieves and bandits seemed to be unrestrained.

    During the thirty-five years of Japanese control, the life of the Korean people was revolutionized. Beginning with this most unpromising human material, the Japanese established order, built harbors, railways, roads and communications, good public buildings, and greatly improved housing. They established sanitation and taught better methods of agriculture. They built immense fertilizer factories in North Korea which lifted the people’s food supplies to reasonable levels. They reforested the bleak hills. They established a general system of education and the development of skills. Even dusty, drab and filthy clothing had been replace with clean bright colors.

    The Koreans, compared to the Japanese, were poor at administration and business. Whether for this reason or by deliberate action, the Japanese filled all major economic and governmental positions. Thus, in 1948, when they finally achieved self-government, the Koreans were little prepared for it.

    President Hoover visited Korea in 1946 again. He witnessed the before and after of Japanese rule.

    The study by a British scholar Alleyne Ireland in his book “New Korea” also shows a true picture of Korea during the annexation. The Colonial Government modernized the territories’ basic infrastructures and improved people’s literacy and their standards of living with the fund provided by the Japanese Government. Many dams, factories and buildings built during the annexation period are still used today.

    There was no brutal plundering of Korea by Japanese during the annexation. After World War II, Korea and Taiwan became two leading new economies based on the well-educated populace and infrastructure. I have to assert that people who claim Japanese military action on comfort women either completely ignorant of the modern Korean history or intentionally ignored the facts to disparage Japanese.

  5. Justice for all Korean, Chinese, Filipinos and Taiwanese women who treated horribly during the war. It is really nice to see young students standing up for the elderly people who were treated horrible in WW2. I will fully support this campaign!

  6. It’s nice to see young students standing up for the elderly and veterans who were treated so horrible in WW2. I’m going to fully support this campaign, we need justice for all the Chinese, Koreans, Filipinos and Taiwanese people who were victims of these horrible war crimes!

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