Added: October 3, 2015 – Last updated: October 3, 2015
Author: Joseph Michael Grzebyk
Title: Korean Comfort Women
Subtitle: How Japanese Military Expansion Within East Asia Led to Systematized Prostitution Between 1910 and 1945
Thesis: M.A. Thesis, California State University at Chico
Year: Spring 2015
Pages: vi + 100pp.
OCLC Number: 921309734 – Find a Library: WorldCat
Link: Chico Digital Repository (Free Access)
»Japan’s military aggression throughout East Asia during World War II largely hinged on the colonization of Korea. Although Japan controlled various other areas of Asia, Korea had a variety of valuable resources that aided Japanese Imperialism. Korea was a country that possessed tactical military advantages, valuable natural resources, and the abundant potential for human labor. Although Japan benefitted from colonizing Korea, Koreans struggled under the yoke of Japanese oppression. At the heart of Korean suffering lies the creation of prostitution centers known as comfort stations. Japan abducted or “enlisted” somewhere around 200,000 Korean women for centers established near areas frequented by Japanese troops. Many of the women kidnapped by Japanese recruiters existed in a state of virtual slavery and exposed to a battery of daily beatings and rapes. As a result of culture and shame, numerous survivors of comfort stations hid their experiences for the better part of fifty years. Only recently has the issue surfaced in popular media. The Japanese government managed to hide the guilt of their actions after the war, but in the face of current accusations, they are no longer able to deny the actions of their military and the existence of comfort women.