Added: July 1, 2017 – Last updated: July 1, 2017


Author: So-Jeong Moon

Title: 행동하는 자료관 「WAM」과 일본군 ‘위안부’의 기억정치학

Subtitle: -

Title: Rethinking the Politics of Memory of the ‘Comfort Women’ at the Women’s Active Museum on War and Peace

Journal: 동북아 문화연구 (Journal of North-East Asian Cultures)

Volume: 50

Issue: 3

Year: 2017

Pages: 385-400

ISSN: 1598-3692 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: Korean

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


Link: DBpia (Restricted Access)


Abstract: »The primary object of this study is to investigate the politics of memory of Japanese military ‘comfort women’ problems at Women’s Active Museum on War and Peace, known as the WAM. For the purpose of this object, this study focuses the exhibition and signification of the ‘comfort women’ at the WAM from the perspective of transnational feminism.
The results are as follows. First, the pictures of the women victims of the Japanese military sexual violence (155 women all over Asia during World War II) welcome people who visit the WAM. This exhibition of survivor’s portraits is to free from Korean comfort women. Second, The regular exhibition of the “Comfort Stations” all over Asia is to free from Korean comfort women. Third, the WAM exhibits former soldiers testifying about their crimes in China, Burma, The Philippines, East Timor etc. This exhibition has the effect of showing another face of Japan.
Therefore the WAM focuses on the issue of ‘military comfort women,’ those forced to offer sexual service to Japanese soldiers during the Asia–Pacific War. The WAM has been leading political activism against right‐wing nationalists who deny the history of military sexual slavery. But the WAM brings Korean feminist nationalism who tried to clarify the nature of ‘victimihood’ in the context of colonialism political défferance to remember the war and comfort women.« (Source: DBpia)


  Ⅰ. 머리말
  Ⅱ. 「WAM」의 정체성과 이념적 지향, 활동
  Ⅲ. 「WAM」의 일본군 ‘위안부’의 기억정치학
  Ⅳ. 맺음말

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