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The Redress Movement for the Victims of Japanese Military Sexual Slavery; Looking Back at the 27-Year Movement

International Conference
Friday, October 13, 9 am–6 pm
Saturday, October 14, 9 am–1 pm

Conference on justice for the “comfort women” held in Japanese military brothels during the Asia-Pacific War (1932–1945), sponsored by the Research Foundation for Korean Community, the Academy of Korean Studies, and Queens College/CUNY.  
Free and open to the public, but seating is limited.
Complimentary lunch buffet, but RSVP is required by October 10, 2017

To register, email, call (718) 997-2810 or visit Eventbrite, where you will also find a full conference schedule and participant bios.

Members of the media will be provided with complimentary parking and reserved seating.
Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Queens, New York
Rosenthal Library, Room 230 (auditorium)
Click here for directions to the college, and here for campus map.
Background: During the Asia-Pacific War of 1932–1945, an estimated 80,000–200,000 Asian women—euphemistically termed “comfort women”—were forced into sexual slavery in Japanese military brothels. Most of these women are thought to have been from Korea, then a Japanese colony. In 1990 women and supporters began a movement seeking both an official apology from the Japanese government and compensation to the surviving victims.
At Queens College, the Research Center for Korean Community has organized an international conference on the ongoing attempt to secure justice for “comfort women.” The featured speakers, who are assembling from three nations, are movement leaders and advocates as well as scholars who specialize in this area.
From Korea:
  • Shin-Kwon Ahn, director of the House of Sharing, Seoul; former secretary general of the International Peace Center for Human Rights
  • Na-Young Lee, professor of sociology, Chung-Ang University, Seoul
  • Mi-hyang Yoon founding representative of the Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan

From Japan:

  • Puja Kim, professor of gender studies and East Asian history, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
  • Mina Watanabe, secretary general and curator, Women’s Active Museum on War and Peace

From the United States:

  • Alexis Dudden, professor of history, University of Connecticut
  • Bonnie B.C. Oh, Distinguished Professor Emerita of Korean Studies, Georgetown University
  • Phyllis Kim, cofounder and executive director, Korean American Forum of California
  • Emi Koyama, cofounder, Japan-US Feminist Network for Decolonization (FeND
  • Dongwoo Lee Hahm, former World Bank administrator and founding president, Washington (D.C.) Coalition for Comfort Women Issues (WCCW)
  • Jungsil Lee, artist and president, WCCW
  • Mary McCarthy, associate professor of politics and international relations, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Pyong Gap Min, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York; director, Research Center for Korean Community
  • Judith Mirkinson, vice president, National Lawyers Guild; president of the board, “Comfort Women” Justice Coalition
  • Peipei Qiu, chair and Louise Boyd Dale and Alfred Lichtenstein Professor of Japanese and Chinese, Vassar College
  • Margaret Stetz, Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women’s Studies, University of Delaware
  • Angella Son, associate professor of psychology and religion, Drew University Theological School; director, Korean Pastoral Care and Counseling Program, Blanton-Peal Institute
  • Tomomi Yamaguchi, associate professor of anthropology, Montana State University

The Research Center for Korean Community promotes research on Korean Americans and other overseas Koreans. It disseminates data and information about them to the Queens College community, the Korean community, Korean and American government agencies, and scholars conducting research. For more information, contact Director Pyong Gap Min at 718-997-2810 or visit


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