“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.
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