Education for Social Justice (ESJF) was formed in June 2017 in response to the injustices committed against two courageous Korean high school students living in Japan. The two students’ art pieces were selected for the 45th student art exhibition organized by Chiba Korean Elementary and Middle School in 2016. Upon seeing the students’ paintings, which expressed opposition to the 2015 “comfort women” agreement and the Japanese government’s official position towards “comfort women” issues, the Mayor of Chiba cut the 500,000 JYP funding to Chiba Korean School beginning 2017. ESJF succeeded in raising the funds and sent it to Chiba Korean School in August of 2017.
WHAT WE DO
We provide workshops for teachers, mostly at the high school level, at conferences or through school visits. For school site visit workshops, please contact us at least one month in advance.
We provide lectures at colleges, universities, conferences, and events. Please contact us at least one month in advance to request a lecture.
Symposiums & Exhibitions
We host symposiums, exhibitions, and other events to further our educational efforts. In September of 2018, with partnering organizations, ESJF organized Truth & Justice: Remembering “Comfort Women,” the first multimedia traveling exhibition on Japanese military sex slaves to visit San Francisco.
Development of Materials & Curriculum
ESJF published Teachers’ Resource Guide: “Comfort Women” History and Issues in March 2018 and distributed copies to San Francisco Unified School District the following month. In August 2018, ESJF followed up the first publication with “Comfort Women” History and Issues for Students. We are in the process of developing materials focused on other sidelined historical topics.
Collection of Primary and Secondary Resources
Please visit our online primary resource collection.
Please visit our online lesson plan collection.
All of our work aligns with the 2017 California History Social-Science Framework.