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Editors: Margaret Stetz and Bonnie B(ongwan) C(ho) Oh

Title: Legacies of the Comfort Women of World War II

Subtitle: -

Place: Armonk, NY, and London

Publisher: M.E. Sharpe

Year: 2001

Pages: 230pp.

Series: An East Gate Book

ISBN-10: 0765605430 – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-10: 0765605449 (pbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

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


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Margaret Stetz, Department of English, University of Delaware


  Editors and Contributors (p. vii)
  Acknowledgments (p. ix)
Margaret D. Stetz and Bonnie B.C. Oh (p. xi)
Part I. Historical and Cultural Contexts
  1. The Japanese Imperial System and the Korean "Comfort Women" of World War II
Bonnie B.C. Oh (p. 3)
  2. "Comfort Women" and the Cultural Tradition of Prostitution in Japanese Erotic Art
Linda Gertner Zatlin (p. 26)
  3. "Comfort Women" in the Dutch East Indies
Yuki Tanaka (p. 42)
  4. Prostitutes versus Sex Slaves: The Politics of Representing the "Comfort Women"
Chunghee Sarah Soh (p. 69)
Part II. Academic and Activist Responses
  5. Wartime Sexual Violence against Women: A Feminist Response
Margaret D. Stetz (p. 91)
  6. "Such an Unthinkable Thing": Asian American Transnational Feminism and the "'Comfort Women' of World War II" Conference
Pamela Thoma (p. 101)
  7. Urgent Matters: Redress for Surviving "Comfort Women"
Dongwoo Lee Hahm (p. 128)
  8. My Own Gaiatsu: A document from 1945 Provides Proof
Grant K. Goodman (p. 142)
  9. Placing Japanese War Criminals on the U.S. Justice Department's "Watch List" of 3 December 1996: The Legal and Political Background
John Y. Lee (p. 152)
Part III. Artistic Responses
  10. A Film within the Film: Making a Documentary about Korean "Comfort Women"
Dai Sil Kim-Gibson (p. 171)
  11. Making In the Name of the Emperor
Christine Choy (p. 193)
  12. Tomiyama Taeko's A Memory of the Sea
Margaret D. Stetz and Bonnie B.C. Oh,
with three illustrations of work by Tomiyama Taeko
(p. 201)
  13. "Unsuspecting Souls": Art Evokes History at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Jill Medvedow,
with two illustrations of work by Mona Higuchi (p. 209)
  14. To Give a Voice
Therese Park (p. 218)
  Index (p. 223)


»The stories of the former comfort women -- long suppressed, but now emerging -- have galvanized both Asians and non-Asians working in a variety of fields. Scholars of Asian history and politics, feminists, human rights activists, documentary filmmakers, visual artists, and novelists have begun to address the subject of the comfort system; to take up the cause of the surviving comfort women's struggles; to call attention to past (and present) sexual violence against women, and to add the unwritten stories of former comfort women to the narratives of twentieth-century political history.
This volume contains a cross-section of responses to the issues raised by the former comfort women and their new visibility on the international stage.« (Source: M.E. Sharpe)


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Wikipedia: History of Asia: History of Japan / Shōwa period | Prostitution, Forced prostitution / Comfort women | Types of rape: Wartime sexual violence | War: Pacific War / Japanese war crimes