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First published: April 1, 2024 - Last updated: April 1, 2024


Author: Christine Choi

Title: (Re)Animating “Comfort Women” Memories

Subtitle: Fantastical Abstractions and Metaphorical Violence

Journal: Howard Journal of Communications

Volume: (Published online before print)


Year: 2024 (Published online: March 12, 2024)


pISSN: 1064-6175 - Find a Library: WorldCat | eISSN: 1096-4649 - Find a Library: WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century, 21st Century | Asian History: Japanese History, Korean History | Types: Forced Prostitution / "Comfort Women" System; Types: Wartime Sexual Violence / Asia-Pacific War; Representations: Comics and Films / Unforgotten


Link: Taylor & Francis Online (Restricted Access)


Author: ResearchGate

Abstract: »This project explores the intersection of public memory, violence, and the relationship between new media representations and the viewer in the context of Sujin Kim’s (Citation 2021) animated short film, Unforgotten. To expand on current discussions of “comfort women” activism and the intersection of public memory and animation studies, I use a close reading method to identify four main representations: “comfort women” as metaphorical objects; “comfort women” as surreal alternative bodies; “comfort women” as the physical land; and “comfort women” as unseen and implied bodily forms. I explore the affordances and the limitations of the animation form and investigate the nuances of the film’s relationship with the viewer. This documentary demonstrates the powerful potential of animation as a site for exploring sensitive subjects with metaphorical and fantastical elements to create disjointed narratives that replicate the traumatic, fragmented memories of “comfort women”. Throughout history there have been efforts to render their narratives unintelligible through silencing and discrediting the survivors; but they and others have continually attempted to tell their stories. Despite their stories’ suppression and the film’s limitations, Kim’s film provides an alternative mode of representing and witnessing stories of the past.« (Source: Howard Journal of Communications)

Wikipedia: History of Asia: History of Korea / Korea under Japanese rule | History of Asia: History of Japan / Shōwa era | Film: Animation / Films about comfort women | Prostitution: Forced prostitution / Comfort women | Sex and the law: Wartime sexual violence / Wartime sexual violence in World War II | War: Pacific War / Japanese war crimes