17th Annual T4SJ Conference 2017

  • Theme- Connecting Struggles & Radical Resilience

ESJF workshop

  • Title: Justice for “Comfort Women”, WWII Military Sexual Slaves
  • Summary Justice for “Comfort Women”, WWII Japanese Military Sexual Slaves                              (Grades: 9 – University)

Over 200,000 girls and women from at least 13 Asian countries were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army before and during WWII. These “comfort women” are still waiting for an official apology from Japan. Taking an international perspective, this workshop explores the victims’ stories of strife. The struggles of redressing the history of comfort women in Japan and in the Bay Area will be discussed. As will be emphasized in this workshop, while sexual violence is common during wars, the massive scale and chillingly methodical nature of the “comfort women system” render it a crime against humanity.


  • Facilitators: Mikyung Kim, IPSA (International Political Science Association) Human Rights Research Committee Chair; Eric Mar, Asst. Professor in the College of Ethnic Studies at SFSU, former SF Supervisor; Sung Sohn, Founder of SFUSD Korean/English bilingual program, President of Education for Social Justice Foundation; Christina Tang, SFUSD High School History Teacher                       
  • When-Saturday, October 7th, 2017 – 9:00am – 5:00pm

Kim Hak-sun

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.

Jan Ruff O’Herne

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…

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