Japan's Comfort Women


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During World War II, Japanese military life included sexual slavery. Cristen and Caroline trace the traumatic history of "comfort women" survivors and why they'll never stop protesting.

Episode Sources:

"Documentary on WWII 'comfort women' reflects National Film Board's commitment to gender parity" http://www.nationalobserver.com/2016/03/24/news/documentary-wwii-comfort-women-reflects-national-film-boards-commitment-gender

"South Korea still waiting for Japan's 'comfort women' settlement" http://www.voanews.com/content/south-korea-still-waiting-for-japan-comfort-women-settlement/3248631.html

"Abe, Park agree to implement 'comfort women' deal" http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/04/01/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-park-agree-implement-comfort-women-deal/#.Vv6bbfkrLIU

"Taiwan's complex relationship with Japan affects recognition of 'comfort women'" http://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-taiwan-museum-20160330-story.html

"Japan and South Korea agree to WW2 'comfort women' deal" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35188135

"The comfort women and Japan's war on truth" http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/15/opinion/comfort-women-and-japans-war-on-truth.html

"Jan Ruff-O'Herne, 93-year-old Australian former 'comfort woman,' still waiting for apology from Japan" http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-17/jan-ruff-oherne-comfort-woman-wwii-japanese-government-apology/7174174

"Oral histories of the 'comfort women'" http://afe.easia.columbia.edu/ps/korea/comfort_women.pdf

"Comfort Women" http://www.panos.co.uk/stories/2-13-1144-1650//Comfort-Women/

"Photos: Portraits of 'comfort women'" http://america.aljazeera.com/multimedia/2015/8/photos-portraits-of-comfort-women.html

"Weekly 'comfort women' protest at Japan embassy in Seoul in its 22nd year" http://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/korea/weekly-comfort-women-protest-at-japan-embassy-in-seoul-in-its-22nd-year-1.286683

"Life as a 'comfort woman': Survivors remember a WWII atrocity that was ignored for decades" http://www.vox.com/2015/12/29/10682830/comfort-women-japan-survivors

"Comfort women: South Korea's survivors of Japanese brothels" http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-22680705

Academic Insights:

"Report on the mission to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the Republic of Korea and Japan on the issue of military sexual slavery in wartime." Radhika Coomaraswamy. United Nations Economic and Social Council. 1996. http://www.awf.or.jp/pdf/h0004.pdf

"The comfort women: Sexual violence and postcolonial memory in Korea and Japan." C. Sarah Soh. University of Chicago Press. 2008. https://books.google.com/books?id=GIHcaFVxXf0C&dq=%22comfort+women%22&source=gbs_navlinks_s

Topics in this Podcast: sex work