“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.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government and Seoul National University Human Rights Center discovered this film from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). On July 5, 2017, the team released a 18-second film footage of Korean military sexual slaves in Songshan, Yunnan, China. This rare footage proves the existence of the military slavery system operated by the Japanese Army before and during WWII.
History of struggle to bring justice to Comfort Women, from formation of The Korean Council to first public testimony by former comfort women, Kim Hak-sun, to Nabi Fund’s activities to spread the message of peace around the world and help aid victims of sex crimes in war torn countries.