The “Comfort Women”: one of the tenacious reparations debates

In my class, Memory Politics, we discuss the “comfort women, ” and their long struggle for an acceptable apology and for reparations.  This is a compelling example of time as an agent in people’s lives, and in the unfolding of memory and demands for justice.  The first Korean women to speak about her experience of sexual slavery at the hands of the Japanese Imperial Army did so in 1991.  These women are now in their 80s and 90s, and are still waiting.

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