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.