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


Author: Park Yu-Ha

Title: Comfort Women of the Japanese Empire

Subtitle: Colonial Rule and the Battle over Memory

Place: London and New York, NY

Publisher: Routledge

Year: 2024

Pages: 304pp.

Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

ISBN: 9781032566443 (hbk.) - Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781003436614 (ebk.) - Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

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


Link: Taylor & Francis Online (Restricted Access)


Author: Author's Personal Website, Wikipedia

  List of Figures
  Prologue from Volker Stanzel, former German Ambassador to China and Japan
  Author’s Preface to the English Translation
  Translators’ Introduction
  Author’s Introduction to the Japanese version
  Part I: Who were the comfort women? State control of the body, civilian engagement
    Chapter 1: Forced transport or national mobilization
    Chapter 2: The erosion of memory at the comfort station
    Chapter 3: Immediately after defeat – Return of the Korean comfort women
  Part 2: “Colony” and the Korean Comfort Women
    Chapter 4: Korean perceptions of the comfort women
    Chapter 5: The battle over memory: the South Korean side
    Chapter 6: Thinking About South Korean support groups
    Chapter 7: Reading the Korean Constitutional Court ruling
    Chapter 8: Examining “what the world thinks”
  Part 3: The conflict of memory: the collapse of the Cold War order and the comfort women issue
    Chapter 9: The colonial consciousness that supports the thinking of deniers
    Chapter 10: Considering Japan’s apology and compensation actions in the 1990s
    Chapter 11: Expectations placed on the Japanese government once again
    Chapter 12: Facing the supporters’ potential
  Part 4: Beyond the empire and the Cold War
    Chapter 13: Comfort women and the nation-state
    Chapter 14: For a new Asia: Seventy years since defeat, seventy years since liberation
  In place of an afterword: why we must reconsider the comfort women issue

Description: »This is an important and controversial book, hitherto available only in Korean, Japanese and Chinese, a book which has been subject to court cases attempting to have some parts of the book deleted. The author reconsiders the issue of the “comfort women”, that is the Korean women who were compelled to provide sexual comfort to Japanese troops during the Asia-Pacific War. She explores the human complexity of the experiences of these women, who despite terrible exploitation, she feels, cannot and should not only be considered only as passive victims. She sets the issue in context, revealing how Korean society played a role, with patriarchy and middlemen being significant factors in the procurement of comfort women, and how alongside the comfort women there were volunteer labour corps of Korean young women supporting the Japanese war effort. She highlights Korea’s colonial status, different from the territories Japan invaded and conquered, discusses how relations between colonisers and colonised in an empire are not straightforward, and argues that people should work to understand more fully the mindset of those at the time, and refrain from forcing values from the present to resolve indignities of the past. Aiming at finding a way to pursue reconciliation while looking more closely at the history, the book provides substantial consideration of key issues to do with empire, memorialization, and censorship, and is an uncomfortable read for those seeking simplistic interpretations and simplistic solutions.« (Source: Taylor & Francis Online)

Wikipedia: History of Asia: History of Korea / Korea under Japanese rule | History of Asia: History of Japan / Shōwa era | 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