Lee 2013 Women

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Speaker: Na-Young Lee

Title: Postcolonial Subjects of Japanese Military ‘Comfort Women’

Subtitle: Reconstructing Identities, Shifting Boundaries

Institution: Center for Transpacific Studies, Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, University of Southern California

Place: Los Angeles, CA

Date: November 13, 2013

Language: English

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

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Abstract: »In this talk, Na-Young Lee explores the ways in which Japanese military “comfort women” have changed and reconstructed their identities, especially in relationship to the historical trajectory of the Korean women’s movement, as well as women’s testimonies. Lee argues that women, who suffered both from the Japanese military sexual slave system during Japanese colonization in Korea and from Korean patriarchy system that has continued post- liberation, have transformed their own identities from victims to transnational activists, and from hidden ghosts to historical subjects. Within the past twenty or so years, women have been actively engaged in movements against imperialism, colonialism, militarism, and patriarchy across national boundaries. Particularly, by focusing on the weekly “Wednesday Demonstration” in front of Seoul’s Japanese embassy, and through the formation of the Butterfly Fund (led by former Japanese “comfort” women), Lee describes “grandma” (halmoni in Korean), not as a helpless victim, but as a symbol of peace and women’s rights across time and space.« (Source: USC Korean Studies Institute)

Wikipedia: Comfort women, Japanese war crimes, Pacific War, War rape

Added: June 7, 2014 | Last updated: June 7, 2014