Rose Pritchett, an artist-in-residence at Menlo College, told ESJF that the attendance numbers for their panel were among the largest ever for a presentation at Menlo College. There were over 50 people there, including students, professors, the college president Steven Weiner, college board members, and folks from the surrounding communities.
On Friday, 11/10, Sung Sohn attended the 90th birthday celebration of Grandma Lee and delivered birthday messages from Mike Honda, Eric Mar, and ESJF, which was the only organization to attend from SF.
Grandma Lee was moved by the birthday messages from all of us from ESJF as Sohn read them.
Big thank you goes to the teachers who sang her a birthday song at the T4SJ workshop last month. The recorded song was received very warmly.
At the rally, Mike Honda (center) stated that young students, such as the ones who participated on the 7th, inspire people around the world to bring justice to the victims of Japanese military sexual slavery, adding that this activism can restore the victims’ stolen youth.
Thank you all for attending the ESJF’s workshop, Addressing the Unresolved “Comfort Women” History Through Photos and Memorials, at the 18th T4SJ conference.
I deeply appreciated all of the questions and comments that you shared at the workshop. I learned a great deal through our interactions.
Ellen’s story of the unbelievable challenges that she and Steven Whyte faced was quite empowering. Her words reminded me of the importance of collective efforts for social justice.
Thank you all for your moving messages!
I can arrange workshops at your schools for groups of teachers or classrooms of students. Please let me know a month in advance if this is of interest to you or your school so that I can have adequate time to plan.
Thank you again for spending the early part of Saturday at the ESJF’s workshop. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting every one of you.
On October 1, 2018, on a news program, Osaka Mayor Yoshimura indicated a termination of sister-city relationship between Osaka and San Francisco. The following day, the Osaka Municipal Government said that it has sent a document to officially end its 61-year-old sister-city ties with San Francisco.
On October 4, 2018, Mayor Breed released the following statement in response:
“One Mayor cannot unilaterally end a relationship that exists between the people of our two cities, especially one that has existed for over sixty years. In our eyes, the Sister City relationship between San Francisco and Osaka continues today through the connection of our people, and San Francisco looks forward to strengthening the bonds that tie our two great cities together.
Japan and Japanese-Americans have a unique and rich history in San Francisco that has left a lasting and beneficial impact on our City. We are one of three cities in the nation with a Japantown neighborhood, which is an important part of what makes San Francisco a great, diverse city.
The San Francisco Comfort Woman Memorial is a symbol of the struggle faced by all women who have been, and are currently, forced to endure the horrors of enslavement and sex trafficking. These victims deserve our respect and this memorial reminds us all of events and lessons we must never forget.”
Collaborating with the Korean Councilfor Justice and Remembrance for the Issues of Military Sexual Slavery by Japan (the Korean Council), Facing History and Ourselves, Alliance for the Preserving the Truth of Sino-Japanese War (APTSJW), Bataan Legacy Historical Society, and Manilatown Heritage Foundation, we will host the following events in September in San Francisco to raise awareness of atrocities in Asia during WWII.
Saturday, 9/15: ESJF, Facing History & Ourselves, and APTSJW jointly hold the teachers’ workshop at Old St. Mary’s Church in San Francisco. Meehyang Yoon, Chair of the Board of the Korean Council, is the keynote speaker, and Sung Sohn is one of the facilitators.
Sunday, 9/16: ESJF and the Korean Council present the opening ceremony for exhibition Truth & Justice: Remembering “Comfort Women,” which begins at 6:30 pm at the Manilatown Heritage Foundation.
Monday & Tuesday: Docent tours Wednesday, Thursday, & Saturday: 1 – 6 pm Friday: 4 – 9 pm
Friday, 9/21: Symposium with Desiree Benipayo, James Scott, and Meehyang Yoon at Golden Gate University, School of Law.
Saturday, 9/22: Benipayo, Scott, and Yoon speak at the 4th Conference on World War II in the Philippines at University of San Francisco. This conference is held by the Bataan Legacy Historical Society.
from The Korea Herald
A nongovernmental group said Monday it will distribute books on the history of the so-called “comfort women” and related issues later this month to 18 high schools in the San Francisco area.
The San Francisco-based Education for Social Justice Foundation published the not-for-sale, 106-page student edition of “’Comfort Women’ History and Issues for Students” last week, which will be the first educational material entirely about Japan’s military sex slaves during the World War II to be used in US high schools.
The San Francisco Board of Education passed a resolution in 2015 to allow 10th graders to learn about the history of women sexually enslaved by the Japanese military.
The NGO published and distributed a teacher’s edition of the book to the San Francisco Unified School District, in April this year.
The ESJF has published 100 copies of the student edition and plans to print more to provide to San Francisco public libraries.
The book includes the historical background of the comfort women, how the international community has moved since the 1990s to teach the history of the Japanese military’s organized exploitation of women as sex slaves, and how the San Francisco Comfort Women Memorial was installed last year near the city’s Saint Mary’s Square.
It contains basic data about the women, open-ended questions to further develop inquiry-based learning, and photographs.
Sohn Sung-sook launched the ESJF last year to make the educational materials and hold workshops for teachers.
Sohn has served as a co-chair of the education committee of the Comfort Women Justice Coalition, an NGO launched in 2015 by people of Korean, Chinese, Filipino and Japanese descent in the San Francisco area.
The ESJF, together with groups such as Facing History and Ourselves, plans to hold a workshop for high school teachers on the Nanjing Massacre and comfort women on Sept. 15 at the Old St. Mary’s Cathedral.
The ESJF is also scheduled to hold an exhibition on Japanese military sex slaves titled “Truth & Justice: Remembering ‘Comfort Women’” in the International Hotel Manilatown Center in San Francisco from Sept. 17-22.
By Kim So-hyun (email@example.com)
Greetings from Education for Social Justice Foundation! In commemoration of the 6th International Memorial Day for the Victims of Japanese Military Sexual Slavery Global Week of Action, ESJF sends our message of support and solidarity for the victims and survivors of military sexual slavery and for ending wartime sexual violence. “제 6차 세계 일본군 성노예 기림일 맞이 세계행동 일주일”을 기념하여 사회정의교육재단에서는 일본군 성노예제도 피해자 및 생존자분들의 뜻과 의지를 존중.지지하고 전시 성폭력 범죄 근절을 위해 함께 노력하겠음을 약속합니다.
ESJF seeks to provide education on past injustices relegated to the sidelines of history, and currently we focus on addressing the history and issues of “comfort women.”
Our most recent publication is dedicated to educating students and teachers about the history of “comfort women” and related issues.
This powerful footage is from the Korean Council. Please see the translation below the footage.
“I attend the Wednesday Rally to let the world know that we suffered grave pain. History is alive, so I hope that the Japanese Government will stop revising the history and learn to apologize. The future will be better if the world knows about this crime. I have heard that there still are many victims of wartime sexual violence. There shouldn’t be any more victims like us.” Won-Ok Kim (Korea, b.1928)
“I’m going to live to be 200 and receive the [official] apology from the Japanese government. If they want evidence, I will say, ‘I’m the living evidence.’” Ok-Ryun Park (Korea, b. 1928)
“We haven’t been liberated yet. I wish our descendants could live in a peaceful world without war.” Bok-Dong Kim (Korea, b.1926)