Saturday October 7th at Mission High School in San Francisco, Education for Social Justice Foundation(E4SJF) held a workshop on Justice for “Comfort Women”, WWII Military Sexual Slaves. It was part of the 17th annual Teachers for Social Justice(T4SJ) Conference and 31 teachers attended the workshop.
The participants had a chance to hear from Professor and former SF Supervisor Eric Mar and Professor Mikyoung Kim and learn about the background information about the ‘comfort women’ history and issue. Christina Tang of E4SJF provided a sample lesson plan that she developed on the subject of ‘comfort women’ history.
One high school teacher commented, “This workshop was very powerful and I feel as if I learned a lot about a topic I knew nothing about beforehand even as a History major!” Another high school teacher from Los Gatos asked if E4SJF can come visit to teach her students.
San Francisco Supervisor Sandra Fewer provided the following statement of support.
“It is important that this part of history is taught so the next generation learns of the atrocities committed on women during WWII by the Japanese Imperial Army. The sexual trafficking of over 200,000 women from countries all over Asia demonstrates the inhumanity that can happen during war, if we allow it. This is a history that we should learn from and never repeat, even in times of conflict.”
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