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Author: Yonson Ahn

Title: Together and Apart

Subtitle: Transnational Women's Activism in the "Comfort Women" Campaign in South Korea and Japan

Journal: Comparative Korean Studies: Journal of the International Association of Comparative Korean Studies

Volume: 23

Issue: 1

Year: 2015

Pages: 39-62

ISSN: 1226-2250 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century, 21st Century | Asian History: Japanese History, Korean History | Society: Redress Movements; Types: Forced Prostitution / "Comfort Women"; Types: Wartime Rape / Asia-Pacific War


Link: International Association of Comparative Korean Studies (Free Access)


Author: Yonson Ahn, Institut für Orientalische und Ostasiatische Philologien (Institute for Oriental and East Asian Studies), Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main (Goethe University Frankfurt) –

Abstract: »This study investigates issues of transnational women's activism with a specific focus on the "comfort women" redress campaign in South Korea and Japan. The first part of the paper deals with transnational cooperation among comfort women survivors, activists, and supporters – the most apparent manifestation being the Women's International War Crimes Tribunal in Tokyo in 2000 and transnational protests. The second part provides more empirical details related to transnational and domestic interactions of the comfort women campaign, including the impacts of cross-border cooperation on local and transnational women's activism. This shows the way in which the experiences of transnational cooperation interact and are intertwined between transnational and local spaces of the comfort women campaign. Such interaction reveals existing tensions between the nationalizing logic of the comfort women campaign and the de-nationalizing imperatives of the transnational comfort women campaign; this relates to the ways that the national/local and the transnational spaces maneuver and are mediated within this process. Based on existing experiences of cross-border women's activism, the challenges and limitations inherent in transnational feminism are identified. Finally, the study concludes by putting forth the concept of sustainable transnational advocacy activism, which places particular consideration on the existence of complexities in both the differences and commonalities among participants.« (Source: Comparative Korean Studies)


  Abstract (p. 39)
  1. Introduction: Crossing Borders (p. 40)
  2. Transnational Cooperation (p. 43)
  3. Tensions (p. 49)
  4. Between Local and Transnational Spaces (p. 51)
  5. Towards Sustainable Transnational Feminist Activism (p. 53)
  References (p. 58)

Wikipedia: History of Asia: History of Japan, History of Korea / Korea under Japanese rule | Prostitution: Forced prostitution / Comfort women | Types of rape: Wartime sexual violence | War, Pacific War / Japanese war crimes