Education for Social Justice Foundation (E4SJF) held “Comfort Women” Symposium at San Francisco State University (SFSU) and UC Berkeley (UCB) on October 5th and 6th, respectively. Two Scholars from Korea, Dr. Myungsuk Yun and Professor Mikyoung Kim presented their case why the “Comfort” station system constituted an egregious crime against humanity and about what actions we can take to prevent future cruelty and promote social justice. SFSU’s event was facilitated by Professor Eric Mar(former SF Supervisor who introduced resolution to erect SF “Comfort Women” Memorial) and Professor Jinsoo An sponsored UCB event. Both event were attended by students who showed great interest in the subject of “Comfort Women” and engaged in lively Q&A session.
Glendale City’s Planning Commissioner Chang-yup Lee attended the UCB event and offered background information on the installation of “Comfort Women” Memorial. Commissioner Lee played a critical role in installing the Memorial in July 2013. Also on Tuesday October 10th, Dr. Yun spoke at Kira Donnell’s class at SFSU. She presented a comparative analysis on non-coercive and coercive recruitment of ‘comfort women’. She ended her lecture asking, “Is seemingly non-coercive recruitment really non-coercive when Japanese women from very low socio-economic status felt they were left with no choice but to sign up to be ‘comfort women’ in order to survive?”
Kim Hak-sun was the first woman to come forward about the plight of the comfort woman. As the first to share her story, she helped to bring to the public’s attention the issue of Japanese sex slavery during the Pacific War when she went public with her story in August, 1991.
Ruff-O’Herne was born in 1923 in Bandoeng in the Dutch East Indies, a former Southeast Asian colony of the Dutch Empire. During the Japanese occupation of the Dutch East Indies, O’Herne and thousands of Dutch women were forced into hard physical labor at a prisoner-of-war camp…
The Korean Council for the Women Drafted for
Military Sexual Slavery by Japan (The Korean Council)
New Jersey Alliance for Learning and Preserving the History of World War II in Asia
Bataan Legacy Historical Society