Sexual Violence in History: A Bibliography

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


Chair: Alexis Dudden - Discussant: Peipei Qiu

Title: Speaking and Silencing Comfort Women

Subtitle: Empires, Forgotten across Time

Conference: Annual Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (March 1: Virtual, March 14-17, 2024: In-Person) - Online Program

Place: Seattle, Washington, United States

Date: March 15, 2024

Language: English

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


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Chair: Alexis Dudden, Department of History, University of Connecticut

Discussant: Peipei Qiu, Department of Chinese and Japanese, Vassar College - ResearchGate

Abstract: »The “comfort women system,” a euphemism that fails to capture its cruel realities, is as a multi-national issue with a long history, having affected the lives of many throughout Asia and beyond. The scholarship to date has demonstrated that the issue was sporadically brought up as early as the 1960s before receiving wide-spread international attention in the early 1990s. Building on this literature, the papers that comprise this panel take as a departure point the observation that during the war and in the years following its end, “comfort women” were duly recorded and initially remembered by the Western community even before the conclusion of World War II. State actors, religious leaders, news correspondents, and military service members were aware of their existence and experiences, and in some cases attempted to develop policies to assist these women. Yet, overlapping motivations and empires—broadly defined to include both states and religious organizations—led to a complex postcolonial process of speaking and silencing the difficult past. With a historical lens focused on the 1940s but also touching on present day discussions, this panel explores what these actors knew about the comfort women system, how they spoke about it, and why the issue was left on the margins of public discourses and policy attention.« (Source: Online Program)

  Significance of Testimonies of the Victim-Survivors of Japanese Military Sexual Slavery (JMSS) in Korea: "Trans-Pacific Translation"
    Hyunah Yang
  Comfort Station in War Diaries: A Focus on Okidaito Island
    Jongmoon Ha
  The Strange Career of a Classified “Bestseller”: Japanese Pow Report #49 and Its Wartime and Postwar Legacy
    Amy Stanley
  “Comfort Girls” to “Delinquent Women”: Shifting Colonial Responsibilities to Postwar Reconstruction
    Paul S Cha and Jae-Jung Suh

Wikipedia: 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