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Speaker: Yonson Ahn

Title: Intimacy and Contempt

Subtitle: WWII Comfort Women and Japanese Soldiers

Lecture Series: African Feminists: Talking the Walk

Place: African Gender Institute, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Date: March 23, 2015

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century, 21st Century | Asian History: Japanese History, Korean History | Types: Forced Prostitution / "Comfort Women"; Types: Wartime Sexual Violence / Asia-Pacific War


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Speaker: Yonson Ahn, Institut für Orientalische und Ostasiatische Philologien (Institute for Oriental and East Asian Studies), Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main (Goethe University Frankfurt) –

Abstract: »There is an extraordinary feature of a story which held the 50-year silence after the war stories of “comfort women” who were forced into sexual servitude for the Japanese military during WWII and those who survived their “living death.”
Using narrative analysis based on in-depth interviews conducted with Japanese veterans and the Korean comfort women victims-survivors and documentary sources to reconstruct the traumatic encounters of the Japanese soldiers and the comfort women at the comfort system, this talk investigates both the personal and pseudo-love relationships between the women and the soldiers, along with the violence inflicted on the women.« (Source: African Gender Institute, University of Cape Town)

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