The Comfort Women: Sexual Violence and Postcolonial Memory in Korea and Japan

TitleThe Comfort Women: Sexual Violence and Postcolonial Memory in Korea and Japan
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsSoh, Chunghee Sarah
PublisherUniversity of Chicago Press
CityChicago, IL
Abstract

This monograph reveals that the forces of Japanese colonialism and Korean patriarchy together shaped the fate of Korean comfort women—a double bind made strikingly apparent in the cases of women cast into sexual slavery after fleeing abuse at home. Other victims were press-ganged into prostitution, sometimes with the help of Korean procurers. Drawing on historical research and interviews with survivors, Soh tells the stories of these women from girlhood through their subjugation and beyond to their efforts to overcome the traumas of their past. Finally, Soh examines the array of factors— from South Korean nationalist politics to the aims of the international women’s human rights movement—that have contributed to the incomplete view of the tragedy that still dominates today. [WorldCat]

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