Added: June 17, 2006 – Last updated: November 4, 2017


Editor: Keith Howard

Title: True Stories of the Korean Comfort Women

Subtitle: Testimonies

Place: London

Publisher: Cassell

Year: 1995

Pages: 200pp.

ISBN-10: 0304332623 (cased) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-10: 030433264X (pbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | Asian History: Japanese History, Korean History | Types: Forced Prostitution / Korean "Comfort Women"; Types: Wartime Sexual Violence / Asia-Pacific War; Victims: Narratives / First-Person Narratives


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Editor: Keith Howard, Department of Music, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London


  Introduction: Keith Howard (p. v)
  1. A Korean Tragedy (p. 1)
Keith Howard
  2. Korean Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan (p. 11)
Chin Sung Chung
  Survivors Tell Their Stories
  3. Bitter Memories I Am Loath to Recall (p. 32)
Kim Haksun
  4. I Have Much to Say to the Korean Government (p. 41)
Kim Tŏkchin
  5. I Will No Longer Harbour Resentment (p. 50)
Yi Yŏngsuk
  6. I Would Rather Die (p. 58)
Ha Sunnyŏ
  7. I Thought I War Going to a Textile Factory (p. 65)
Oh Omok
  8. I Want to Live without Being Treated with Contempt (p. 70)
Hwang Kŭmju
  9. I So Much Wanted to Study (p. 80)
Mun P'ilgi
  10. Return My Youth to Me (p. 88)
Yi Yongsu
  11. Taken Away at Twelve (p. 95)
Yi Okpun
  12. Back to My Wretched Life (p. 104)
Mun Okchu
  13. It Makes Me Sad That I Can't Have Children (p. 115)
Yi Sunok
  14. I Came Home, But Lost My Family (p. 124)
Yi Sangok
  15. Wandering around Manchuria, China and Sumatra (p. 134)
Yi Tŭngnam
  16. I Thought I Woudl Die (p. 143)
Yi Yongnyŏ
  17. Death and Life Crises (p. 151)
Kim T'aesŏn
  18. Hostage to My Past (p. 158)
Pak Sunae
  19. Silent Suffering (p. 168)
Ch'oe Myŏngsun
  20. From the Women's Volunteer Labour Corps to a Comfort Station (p. 175)
Kang Tŏkkyŏng
  21. Shut Away Close to Home (p. 185)
Yun Turi
  Appendix: Military Sexual Slavery by Japan and Issues in Law (p. 193)
Etsuro Totsuka


– Lim, Debbie. The Wilson Quarterly (Spring 1996): 87. – Full Text: Wilson Quarterly (Free Access)

– Soh, Chunghee S. »Uncovering the Truth about the "Comfort Women".« Women's Studies International Forum 21(4) (July-August 1998): 451-454. – Full Text: ScienceDirect (Restricted Access)

Wikipedia: History of Asia: History of Japan / Shōwa period; History of Korea / Korea under Japanese rule | Prostitution: Forced prostitution / Comfort women | Sex and the law: Wartime sexual violence | War: Pacific War | War crime: Japanese war crimes