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Legacies of the Comfort Women of World War II - Margaret D. Stetz

Legacies of the Comfort Women of World War II

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Published: 19th July 2001
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The stories of the former comfort women have galvanized both Asian and non-Asian intellectuals working in a variety of fields. Scholars of Asian history and politics, feminists, human rights activists, documentary filmmakers, visual artists, and novelists have begun to address the subject of the comfort system; to take up the cause of the surviving comfort women's sturggles; to call attention to sexual violence against women, especially during wartime; to consider the links among militarism, racism, imperialism, and sexism; and to include this history into 20th-century political history. This volume contains a cross-section of responses to the issues raised by the former comfort women and their new visibility on the international stage. Its focus is on how theorists, historians, researchers, activists, and artists have been preserving, interpreting, and disseminating the legacies of the comfort women and also drawing lessons from these. The essays consider the impact and influence of the comfort women's stories on a wide variety of fields and describe how those stories are now being heard or read and used in Asian and in the West.

Editors and Contributors
Acknowlegments
Introduction
Historical and Cultural Contexts
The Japanese Imperial System and the Korean “Comfort Women” of World War II
“Comfort Women” and the Cultural Tradition of Prostitution in Japanese Erotic Art
“Comfort Women” in the Dutch East Indies
Prostitutes versus Sex Slaves: The Politics of Representing the “Comfort Women”
Academic and Activist Responses
Wartime Sexual Violence Against Women: A Feminist Response
“Such an Unthinkable Thing”: Asian American Transnational Feminism and the “‘Comfort Women of World War II” Conference
Urgent Matters: Redress for Surviving “Comfort Women”
My Own Gaiatsu: A Document from 1945 Provides Proof
Placing Japanese War Criminals on the U.S. Justice Department's “Watch List” of 3 December 1996: The Legal and Political Background
Artistic Responses
A Film within the Film: Making a Documentary about Korean “Comfort Women”
Making In the Name of the Emperor
Tomiyama Taeko's A Memory of the Sea
“Unsuspecting Souls”: Art Evokes History at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
To Give a Voice
Index
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ISBN: 9780765605443
ISBN-10: 0765605449
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 246
Published: 19th July 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.39  x 1.58
Weight (kg): 0.33