Comfort Women Palmcard 2017

We would like to announce our upcoming annual conference. This year's theme is "The Redress Movement for the Victims of Japanese Military Sexual Slavery: Looking Back on the 27-Year Movement." 

The forced mobilization of an estimated 80,000 to 200,000 Asian women to Japanese military brothels during the Asia-Pacific War (1932-1945) was a brutal war crime. These victims of military sexual slavery have been referred to as “comfort women,” a euphemism originally used by Japanese soldiers. Although it has been over 70 years since the Asia-Pacific War and World War II ended, the Japanese government has not yet made a sincere apology and compensation to the victims.

In 1990, a redress movement began in South Korea in an attempt to persuade the Japanese government to apologize for its past actions and to sufficiently compensate the surviving victims. This movement has received global support from South Korea, other Asian countries, the U.S., and many other Western countries.

This conference invites eighteen well-known “comfort women” scholars and redress movement leaders in Korea, Japan, and the United States to look back at the 27-year old movement and to publicize the “comfort women” issue and the Japanese government’s obligations to take responsible actions to the victims and Asian countries.

This year's conference is a two-day event, and it will be held on Friday October 13 and Saturday October 14, 2017 at Queens College in the auditorium (room 230) of the Rosenthal Library. 

Click the links below to RSVP and to see more info about the conference:

RSVP/Pre-Registration for the Conference

Click the link below for the full conference schedule, short participant bios, and a map of Queens College:

Conference Schedule

Participant Bios

Map of Queens College


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