ESJF Participates at 2018 AAAS Conference in SF

ESJF Participates at 2018 AAAS Conference in SF

The Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) held its 2018 Conference in San Francisco from March 29th to 31st. The AAAS devoted several events at the conference to the teaching of “comfort women” history, following the passage of the resolution entitled...
15th Asian Solidarity Conference with Reps from 11 Countries

15th Asian Solidarity Conference with Reps from 11 Countries

The 15th Asian Solidarity Conference held in Seoul, South Korea from March 7 to March 10, 2018, was a resounding success. The conference attracted around 200 attendees and representatives from 11 different countries – China, the Philippines, Indonesia, Japan,...
Dosan’s Historical Footsteps

Dosan’s Historical Footsteps

Dosan (島山) Ahn, Changho (安昌浩) is a Korean American pioneer who immigrated to SF in early 1900s. He was a Korean independence activist and a leader of the Korean-American immigrants. He first settled at Chinatown in SF with his wife Helen. When Japan occupied Korea and took over the control, he fought against Japan for Korea’s independence.

Herstory, Comfort Women Animation

Herstory, Comfort Women Animation

“Herstory” is a story of Chung Seo Woon (1924 – 2004) who was tricked into military sexual slavery by Japan. She was born in Akyang, South Kyungsang province in Korea to an affluent family. One day, her father was imprisoned for burying brassware, which was a much needed material Japanese soldiers were actively collecting to make weaponry. A few days later, a village chief told her her father would be released if she went to work at a factory in Japan for 2-3 years. She took the offer and ended up in a “comfort station” in Samarang, Indonesia instead. She was only 14 years old. Her father was never released from the prison and died there. The voice in this 11 minute film is narrated by Chung Seo Woon herself. Watch to learn more about her story.