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comfort woman

slang A woman or girl forced into sexual slavery or recruited into prostitution by and in service of the Japanese Imperial Army before and during World War II. Although the Japanese government officially admitted to its role in coercing women to become comfort women during the Second World War, there are still many who deny how many were affected and the extent to which the government was responsible at the time.
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Gabriela, which is part of the militant Makabayan bloc in the House, said it will also convince allies in the Senate to sponsor a counterpart resolution seeking an investigation on the comfort woman statue's removal.
However, the dispute over these statues, which resurfaces whenever a new memorial is erected or moved, represents a major interruption to the process of telling the comfort woman story in such a way that it might be integrated fully into the life story of South Korea as victim-survivor nation.
Candid passages and descriptions are eye-opening and revealing: "I had become an ianfu--a comfort woman. I learned a trick, too.
She had rewritten the song to express her experience as a comfort woman, early evidence of a creative streak that would see her become a celebrated painter in the years of the comfort women grandmothers' movement.
While the three sections do give information about each woman's life and, in various degrees of detail, her time as a "comfort woman," the primary focus seems to he on the present moment in company with Pilzer at the House of Sharing, a rest home for victims of Japanese sexual slavery.
Comfort Woman does not believe in unpaid kindnesses.
My subject is Nora Okja Keller's novels Comfort Woman and Fox Girl, which have come to prominence recently as key texts that break a silenced historical trauma: the enforced sexual servitude of Korean women and girls under the Japanese military occupation during World War Two, and the ongoing sex trade in South Korea under U.S.
Listening to Comfort Woman is tantamount to lying in a fleshy, ganja-induced haze.
Paul's United Church in Toronto, I was struck both by her courage as she remembered being a comfort woman in Shanghai, and by her apparent struggle to meet my eyes.
'The struggle of the Filipino comfort woman needed closure and affirmation.
In my opinion, the most unique memorial, or rather, memorials is the one in Seoul where the Dong-A Transit bus company put effigies of a "comfort woman" seated in the front seat of 5 of its buses, one of which passes in front of the embassy of Japan.
Another representative organization for comfort woman, the Korean Council for Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan maintained a steadfast position, demanding seven actions from Tokyo.
Meanwhile, Kil said in a rally held in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul earlier Wednesday that she "didn't want to become a "comfort woman," but she was forcibly taken to the 'comfort woman place' because her country had no power."
'We believe that the establishment of a comfort woman statue in other countries, including this case, is extremely disappointing, not compatible with the Japanese government,' the Manila Shimbun quoted the embassy statement as saying.
In a press briefing Thursday, De Jesus stressed that the removal of comfort woman statue should be a national issue.