Thanks to the amazing work of many collaborators, the second edition of “Comfort Women” History and Issues: Teacher Resource Guide is now available! There have been many developments in “comfort women” history and issues since we published our first edition in March 2018, so the second edition also contains updated information: recent events in the movement, a 10-page list of topics and themes related to the history and issues of “comfort women,” and an artists’ reflection from the sculptors of “Women’s Column of Strength, ” Steven Whyte and Ellen Wilson.
I’m deeply humbled to know that this second edition was made possible by your continued support and dedication to address and redress this sidelined history.
I want to take this opportunity to especially thank Redefine Community for their amazing talent and incredible work on the design of the second edition. In awe of their commitment to address this sidelined history, I’m moved.
International Law Society, LA RAZA Student Association, Black Law Students Association, and Women’s Law Association at Golden Gate University School of Law held a panel discussion on crimes against women and the #MeToo movement. As panelists, ESJF’s Sung Sohn, Professors Benedetta Duramy and Naomi Arriaza, and political journalist Ann Garrison discussed war crimes against women from different vantage points and from different time periods. Through discussions and discourse on the nature and different manifestations of war crimes against women worldwide ranging from Asia, Latin America, especially Guatemala, and Africa, a need for collective and active awareness of crimes against women became even more clear. A comprehensive and close examination of the underlying causes of the dehumanizing crimes committed is needed for the elimination of crimes against women. The discussion had a large turnout of students, faculty, and outside members of the public.
ESJF thanks GGU for holding a much-needed and engaging panel discussion!
Russ Lowe and Sung Sohn were guest speakers at Modern Japanese History at University of San Francisco on Thursday, the 11th. Highly engaging discussions, ranging from the history of "comfort women" to historical amnesia, occupied the entire class period. From multiple angles, we explored the reasons why the Japanese government refuses to officially acknowledge and apologize for their country's past war crimes. We also discussed how “comfort women” issues have manifested in San Francisco, examining the complex layers of history and politics surrounding the installation of the Peace Girl statue and the recently severed sister-city relationship between Osaka and SF.
Great appreciation goes to Professor Kruze for making this intellectually stimulating platform possible.
UC Berkeley Sigma Phi Omega invited Sung Sohn and Jenny Chan, Executive Directors of Education for Social Justice Foundation and Pacific Atrocities Education, to present on the history of abuse against women on Wednesday, the 10th. Sung and Jenny explored various struggles against sexual violence and stereotypes of women through illuminating the stories of “comfort women” and guerrilla fighters in the Philippines.
Big thanks goes to UC Berkeley Sigma Phi Omega for having us involved in their important campaign.
Russ Lowe and Sung Sohn were invited as guest speakers by GirlUP Club at Milpitas High School to teach the history and issues of "comfort women" in conjunction with sexual violence and the #MeToo movement. GirlUP is a club striving for the empowerment, rights, and betterment of girls and women. When asked what they could do to carry on the voices of the victims, one student said that reaching out to his friends about this sidelined history, which he was never aware of, is the first active step he'll take.