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Author: Na-Young Lee

Title: 페미니스트 인식론과 구술사의 정치학

Subtitle: 일본군 ‘위안부’ 문제를 중심으로

Translation: Politics of Feminist Epistemology and Oral History: Japanese Military Sexual Slavery Issues

Journal: Han gug sa hoe hag (Korean Journal of Sociology)

Volume: 50

Issue: 5

Year: 2016

Pages: 1-40

ISSN: 1225-0120 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: Korean

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


Link: DBpia (Restricted Access)


Abstract: »On December 28, 2015, the government of South Korea and Japan announced that they had agreed to a ‘final and irrevocable resolution’ about the issue of Japanese military sexual slavery. The purpose of this paper is to remind social scientists of historical responsibility to succeed the Korean women’s movement concerning the Japanese military ‘Comfort Women,’ in which victim survivors’ lives have been embedded. Based on ethnographic research and oral history with analysis on survivors’ testimonies, this paper explores how historical injustice has been produced and reified as limiting and conditioning personal women’s life and how personal experiences have diffused to the public as social, political issues by ethical actors of women’s movement. In the process, the power of survivors’ testimonies to change the whole society is examined from a feminist perspective as well. From this stance, I argue that women’s oral history about the painfully lived experiences has contributed not only to producing alternative histories from women’s perspectives but also to healing up personal and societal traumatic wound, which has finally led to changing the social structure where women’s voices had not been heard. Now, Korean social scientists should take a responsibility to sincerely speculate the issues of Japanese military sexual slavery, deeply intertwined with those of gender equality, which have been marginalized or excluded in the androcentric academia in South Korea.« (Source: DBpia)

Wikipedia: History of Asia: History of Japan, History of Korea | Prostitution: Forced prostitution / Comfort women | Sex and the law: Wartime sexual violence | War: Pacific War / Japanese war crimes