In 1931, the Japanese Imperial Army waged war across East Asia and committed war crimes against civilian populations. Facing History and Ourselves, the Education for Social Justice Foundation, and the Alliance for Preserving the Truth of Sino-Japanese War invite you to an educatorled workshop that examines the events leading up to World War II in East Asia, the atrocities committed during the Japanese Imperial Army’s occupation of the city of Nanjing, China, in 1937, and the sexual enslavement of “Comfort Women.” We will examine the choices individuals and groups make in the midst of war, the controversy over how history is remembered and who is held accountable for acts of collective violence.

Meehyang Yoon, Chair of the Board for the Korean Council for Justice and Remembrance for the Issues of Military Sexual Slavery by Japan, will share ongoing international efforts to address the legacy of this history. Participants will also visit San Francisco’s newly installed “Comfort Women” Memorial “Column of Strength” and engage in an interactive lesson facilitated by Bay Area educators on the importance of memorializing history.

In this workshop, participants will:
 Discover new interdisciplinary teaching strategies that reinforce historical thinking skills and disciplinary literacy
 Receive free educator resources: The Nanjing Atrocities: Crimes of War by Facing History and Ourselves and “Comfort Women”: History and Issues by the Education for Social Justice Foundation

Date: September 15th, Saturday
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Old St. Mary’s Cathedral & Chinese Mission
660 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
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Cost: $10
A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please indicate any dietary needs in the registration form.
This workshop qualifies for 6.5 professional development hours and is appropriate for middle and high school educators.


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Education for Social Justice Foundation’s(ESJF) mission is to provide education on past injustices relegated to the sidelines of history. Working closely with students, parents, educators, and scholars across the world, ESJF supports and empowers those seeking to right past wrongs.

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