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The 8th Annual Conference titled "The Redress Movement for the Victims of Japanese Military Sexual Slavery"

Friday, October 13, 2017 9:00 AM

Auditorium (Room 230) of Rosenthal Library at Queens College, (퀸즈칼리지 중앙도서관 강당/Room 230)

                               International Conference

Theme: "The Redress Movement for the Victims of Japanese Military Sexual Slavery: Looking Back on the 27-Year Movement." (In popular media, this is better known as the "comfort women" issue.)

The forced mobilization of an estimated 80,000 to 200,000 Asian women to Japanese military brothels during the Asia-Pacific War (1932-1945) was a brutal war crime. These victims of military sexual slavery have been referred to as “comfort women,” a euphemism originally used by Japanese soldiers. Although it has been over 70 years since the Asia-Pacific War and World War II ended, the Japanese government has not yet made a sincere apology and compensation to the victims.

In 1990, a redress movement began in South Korea in an attempt to persuade the Japanese government to apologize for its past actions and to sufficiently compensate the surviving victims. This movement has received global support from South Korea, other Asian countries, the U.S., and many other Western countries.

This conference invites eighteen well-known “comfort women” scholars and redress movement leaders in Korea, Japan, and the United States to look back at the 27-year old movement and to publicize the “comfort women” issue and the Japanese government’s obligations to take responsible actions to the victims and Asian countries.

This year's conference is a two-day event, and it will be held on Friday October 13 and Saturday October 14, 2017 at Queens College in the auditorium (room 230) of the Rosenthal Library.

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