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” 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.