Added: September 28, 2013 – Last updated: July 2, 2016


Authors: Peipei Qiu with Su Zhiliang and Chen Lifei

Title: Chinese Comfort Women

Subtitle: Testimonies from Imperial Japan's Sex Slaves

Place: Vancouver and Toronto

Publisher: UBC Press

Year: 2013

Pages: 280pp.

Series: Contemporary Chinese Studies

ISBN-13: 9780774825443 (bound) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780774825474 (ebk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780774825467 (PDF) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

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


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Author: Peipei Qiu, Asia Studies Program, Vassar College


  List of Figures and Tables (p. ix)
  List of Abbreviations (p. xi)
  Acknowledgments (p. xiii)
  Foreword (p. xvii)
  Introduction (p. 1)
  Part 1: The War Remembered
  1 Japan's Aggressive War and the Military "Comfort Women" System (p. 21)
  2 The Mass Abduction of Chinese Women (p. 35)
  3 Different Types of Military "Comfort Stations" in China (p. 50)
  4 Crimes Fostered by the "Comfort Women" System (p. 67)
  Part 2: The Survivors' Voices
  5 Eastern Coastal Region (p. 81)
  6 Warzones in Central and Northern China (p. 102)
  7 Southern China Frontlines (p. 126)
  Part 3: The Postwar Struggles
  8 Wounds That Do Not Heal (p. 151)
  9 The Redress Movement (p. 160)
  10 Litigation on the Part of Chinese Survivors (p. 171)
  11 International Support (p. 184)
  Epilogue (p. 191)
  Notes (p. 198)
  Selected Bibliography (p. 226)
  Index (p. 240)

Description: »Accountability and redress for Imperial Japan’s wartime "comfort women" have provoked international debate in the past two decades. Yet there has been a dearth of first-hand accounts available in English from the women abducted and enslaved by the Japanese military in Mainland China -- the major theatre of the Asia-Pacific War.
Chinese Comfort Women features the personal stories of the survivors of this devastating system of sexual enslavement. Offering insight into the conditions of these women’s lives prior to and after the war, it points to the social, cultural, and political environments that prolonged their suffering. Through personal narratives from twelve Chinese "comfort station" survivors, this book reveals the unfathomable atrocities committed against women during the war and correlates the proliferation of "comfort stations" with the progression of Japan’s military offensive. Drawing on investigative reports, local histories, and witness testimony, Chinese Comfort Women puts a human face on China’s war experience and on the injustices suffered by hundreds of thousands of Chinese women.
This book will be important reading for students and scholars of war crimes, history, Asian Studies, and Women’s Studies; it will also appeal to legal experts, human rights activists, scholars of oral history, and readers interested in the Second World War.« (Source: UBC Press)


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Qiu, Peipei. Chinese Comfort Women: Testimonies from Imperial Japan's Sex Slaves. Oxford 2014. – Bibliographic Entry: Info


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Wikipedia: History of Asia: History of China / Republic of China (1912–49) | History of Asia: History of Japan / Shōwa period | Prostitution: Forced prostitution / Comfort women | Sex and the law: Wartime sexual violence | War: Pacific War / Japanese war crimes