Book Cover Image Japanese Military Sexual Slavery Min Chung Yim


It is with great pleasure that we announce the long-awaited publication of our edited volume on the "comfort women" issue and the redress movement. The full title of the book is Japanese Military Sexual Slavery: The Transnational Redress Movement for the Victims, and it is part of DeGruyter Books' "Genocide and Mass Violence in the Age of Extremes." The book was co-edited by RCKC staff members Pyong Gap Min, Thomas R. Chung, and Sejung Sage Yim.

We are also very happy that this volume is available as a free, open-access E-book/E-Pub, which means that it is accessible to everyone free of charge.
Having this E-book be free and accessible to everyone in order to spread awareness about this important and under-studied issue was very important to us, as well as to Frank Jacob, the series editor of the "Genocide and Mass Violence" book series at DeGruyter.

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DeGruyter has also published a hardcover hard copy of the book, which is available now. The paperback will be available in February 2021. The hardcover and open-access free E-book are both available on DeGruyter's website:

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Please enjoy the E-book (which is downloadable as a PDF) and publicize and share it widely with your friends, family, colleagues, and entire social network.

We would like to thank all of the scholars and activists who wrote and revised excellent chapters for the book, and who have devoted so much of their time and energy to conducting research, organizing social movements, and spreading awareness of the "comfort women" issue in the name of achieving justice. In addition, we would also like to express special thanks to Frank Jacob, Rabea Rittgerodt, and Anett Rehner of DeGruyter Books for their important roles in getting this book published, as well as for their meticulous attention to detail.

The staff members at The Research Center for Korean Community (all of whom are working remotely) hope that you are all staying safe and healthy during this scary and disruptive COVID-19 pandemic.

Group Photo RCKC Conference 2019

On Friday, October 25, 2019, the Research Center for Korean Community (RCKC) held its 9th academic conference, "Korean Americans' Transnational Ties to the Homeland." Scholars and activists from around the United States as well as one scholar from Kazakhstan (Professor Natalya Yem of Al Farabi Kazakh National University) submitted papers and gave presentations. The conference took place at the James Muyskens Conference Room at Queens College.


On Thursday, September 26, 2019, there was a film screening of "Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue" at the Queens College Patio Room (inside the student dining hall). The director, Miki Dezaki, talked before and after the screening about his documentary film, which uses the controversial "comfort women" issue as a case study for historical revisionism. The film is approximately 2 hours long. This event was co-sponsored by the Research Center for Korean Community (RCKC), the Asian/American Center, the Center for Jewish Studies, and the Center for Ethnic, Racial, and Religious Understanding (CERRU), all of which are affiliated with Queens College. Approximately 100 people attended the screening.

The “comfort women” issue is one of Japan’s most contentious present-day diplomatic quandaries. In Japan, the issue has divided the country across clear ideological lines. Some of the issues in question include empirical evidence, the validity of oral testimony, the number of victims, the meaning of sexual slavery, and the definition of coercive recruitment. In addition, this largely domestic battleground has shifted to the international arena, commanding the participation of various state and non-state actors and institutions from all over the world. This film, which is based on the producer’s 30 personal interviews with Japanese neo-nationalist denialists and another 30 interviews with supporters of the redress movement, delves deep into the most contentious debates and uncovers the hidden intentions of the supporters and detractors of “comfort women.” Most important, it finds answers to some of the biggest questions for Japanese and Koreans: Were “comfort women” prostitutes or sex slaves? Were they coercively recruited? And, does Japan have a legal responsibility to apologize to the former “comfort women?”


August 29, 2019 - Prof. Hyesuk Ha Gave Talk on "Behind-the-Scenes Brain Mechanisms" at GLF in Flushing

On Thursday, August 29, 2019, RCKC hosted a talk on "Behind-the-Scenes Brain Mechanisms" featuring Dr. Hyesuk Ha of Korea National Open University as part of our regular ongoing seminar series. The event took place at Global Leadership Foundation (GLF), 46-20 Parsons Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11355. An interesting question-and-answer session followed the lecture.

This seminar examined the nature of how we pay attention to things and unseen mechanisms that affect how we perceive and interact with stimuli. Sometimes, people pay close attention to things that are unseen; the things that we see are temporary and fleeting, while unseen forces can be eternal. Things that are really important in life are often invisible. Professor Ha will discuss some of the invisible brain mechanisms that operate behind the scenes of our visible behavior. Fundamental issues of trauma, identity, and relationships will be examined from a psychological point of view.

Professor Hyesuk Ha earned her Ph.D. in Educational Counseling from Seoul National University. She is currently a professor of youth education at Korea National Open University and teaches counseling. She has published a number of books and scholarly articles, including Secrets of Psychotherapy, Multicultural Counseling, Youth and Parents, and Counseling for Youth.



On Thursday, June 20, 2019, RCKC hosted a talk on the "The Impact of the March 1st Korean Independence Movement on the Korean Community in the U.S." featuring Dr. Edward Taehan Chang of UC-Riverside as part of our regular ongoing seminar series. The event took place at Global Leadership Foundation (GLF), 46-20 Parsons Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11355.

Early Korean immigrants in the U.S. played an important role in the Korean Independence Movement of the early 1900s. Despite low income, harsh working conditions, and racial discrimination, Korean immigrants actively participated in and funded their homeland's fight for freedom against the Japanese Empire. When news of the March 1st uprising in Korea reached overseas Korean communities, it served as an impetus for active engagement in the movement. This talk focused on (1) the Hemet Valley incident, (2) how the movement ignited support for armed resistance against Japan, (3) the important role of Korean women in the movement, and (4) English-language newspaper coverage of the movement.


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