[KS] Comfort Women: A Movement for Justice and Women's Rights in the United States

Frank Joseph Shulman fshulman at umd.edu
Sat Apr 3 20:39:59 EDT 2021

Edited by Jung-Sil Lee and Dennis P. Halpin.
Carlsbad, California: Hollym International Corporation, 2020.
xv, 402p.
ISBN 978-1-56591-385-1

This new edited volume archives nearly thirty years of activism,
records the achievements of the "comfort women" redress movement on
American soil, and highlights the significant historical moments by
members of the Washington Coalition for Comfort Women Issues (WCCW),
its elected officers, congressional staff members, non-profit
organizations, scholars, and artists. Together with its many pages of
primary resources and historical photographs, the volume also offers
useful links to resources for future generations who wish to pursue
the impact and legacies of the Korean "comfort women".

The following is a set of bibliographical entries prepared by Frank
Joseph Shulman that describe this work. They contain a "title gloss"
(mini-annotation) and a small number of selected keywords for each of
its chapters.

Lee, Jung-Sil; Halpin, Dennis P.
Introduction: Why Do We Deal with the "Comfort Women" Issue in the U.S.?
Introduces the contributions respectively by Jung-Sil Lee, Mike Honda,
Mindy L. Kotler, Dennis P. Halpin, Bonnie B.C. Oh, Margaret D. Stetz,
Frank Joseph Shulman, and Yangmo Ku in an edited volume that is
designed to serve as a stimulus for further studies about the "comfort
women" and to encourage the diverse advocates of this cause to
continue their productive cultural and recontextualized work in order
to deepen and expand on the discourse.
Pages vii-xv.
Washington Coalition for Comfort Women Issues (WCCW); redress
movement; sexual slavery

Lee, Jung-Sil.
28 Years of WCCW Advocacy against Injustice to "Comfort Women".
Explores how the "comfort women" grassroots movement in the United
States came together with the support of many individuals and the
Washington Coalition for Comfort Women Issues, and examines the
evolution of the "comfort women" redress movement both chronologically
and thematically since its inception in 1992. Includes the founding of
the WCCW, its grassroots advocacy, the passage of U.S. House
Resolution 121 in 2007, various educational initiatives, artistic
representations, and its project of recording and archiving the
history and activities of former "comfort women" and "supporters" of
this issue.
Pages 1-31.
Washington Coalition for Comfort Women Issues (WCCW); Lane Evans
(1951-2014); Dongwoo Lee Hahm; Hwang Keum-ju; Japanese government;
rallies; World War II; sexual slavery; survivors; U.S. House

Honda, Mike; Kotler, Mindy L., ed.
House Resolution 121 (110th Congress) Interview with Representative
Mike Honda (D-CA).
Chronicles the experiences and passage of House Resolution 121 in the
U.S. House of Representatives and the significant support of
Representative Mike Honda. Contains the edited transcript of two
interviews with Honda in 2019 that cover several topics including
Honda's Japanese American identity, the use of the term "coercion",
the House resolution process, the responses of different Japanese and
Japanese American groups, the success and limitations of the
resolution, Congress's continuing role, Prime Minister Abe's
reactions, and what the resolution can teach the U.S. about
transnational justice.
Pages 33-52.
Mike Honda (1941- ); Lane Evans (1951-2014); Eni Faleomavaega
(1943-2017); Tom Lantos (1928-2008); Lee Yong-soo (1928- ); Ok Cha
Soh; sexual slavery; coercion; Japanese government; Abe Shinzô (1954-
); Nagatani Ayame; Jan Ruff O'Herne (1923-2019)

Kotler, Mindy L.
"Comfort Women": The Making of U,.S. House of Representatives
Resolution 121, 110th Congress, 2007.
Contends that the resolution advocating justice for Imperial Japan's
wartime sex slaves was a thoroughly American invention and that from
its conception to its passage in July 2007 it reflected a domestic
political calculus rather than an international one. The resolution
was successful because it appealed to its American constituencies
rather than responding to foreign interests, and it was part of a
greater attitudinal change in the United States regarding violence
against women.
Pages 53-74.
coercion; Amnesty International; Japanese government; Japanese
military; Abe Shinzô (1954- ); Asian Women's Fund; George W. Bush
administration; Lane Evans (1951-2014); Eni Faleomavaega (1943-2017);
Henry Hyde (1924-2007); Mike Honda (1941- ); Tom Lantos (1928-2008);
Kono statement; Jan Ruff O'Herne (1923-2019); sexual slavery; Ok Cha
Soh; testimonies; House Resolution 759; U.S.-Japan relationship; World
War II

Halpin, Dennis P.
The "Comfort Women" Issue Brought to the Forefront of the U.S.
Congress. Addresses the involvement of key members of Congress
including Lane Evans, Henry Hyde, Tom Lantos, Eni Faleomavaega, Mike
Honda, Nancy Pelosi and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in raising the issue of
the sexual servitude of the "comfort women" under the Japanese
military during World War II. Also examines from the point of view of
a Congressional staff member the initially successful efforts by the
Japanese government to block legislation and the ways in which the
long dormant Korean American community, assisted by other Asian victim
ethnic communities, lobbied to advance an examination of the "comfort
women" issue and ultimately the passage of House Resolution 121.
Pages 75-98.
Congressional action; State Department report; markup of House
Resolution 759; hearing; Lane Evans (1951-2014); Eni Faleomavaega
(1943-2017); Mike Honda (1941- ); Henry Hyde (1924-2007); Tom Lantos
(1928-2008); Nancy Pelosi (1940- ); Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (1952- );
Yoshimi Yoshiaki (1946- ); war criminals

Oh, Bonnie B.C.
The First Academic Conference on "Comfort Women": Its Impact and Legacies.
Examines the background, details the organizational efforts, and
discusses the impact of "The Comfort Women of World War II: Lessons
and Legacies", a conference that was held at Georgetown University in
Washington, D.C. on September 30, 1996. Oh based this article in part
on her personal experience as one of the three primary co-convenors of
the conference, and the proceedings together with additional material
were subsequently published as Legacies of the Comfort Women of World
War II, edited by Margaret Stetz and Bonnie B.C. Oh (Armonk, N.Y.:
M.E. Sharpe, 2001).
Pages 101-110.
difficulties; controversies; hostile environment; Japanese government;
Embassy of Japan; panelists; reception; Robert Gallucci (1946- );
Mutsuko Miki (1917-2012); Kim Hak-soon (1924-1997); Kim Hak-sun
(1924-1997); Kim Yoon-Shim

Stetz, Margaret D.
Girls and Military Sexual Slavery through a Feminist Intersectional Lens.
Examines how and why the testimonies of "comfort women" survivors
achieved a sympathetic reception in the United States during the 1990s
and the means by which these narratives circulated throughout feminist
communities in particular. Also explores some of the ways in which the
feminist understanding of these stories has changed as American
feminism itself has shifted towards intersectional perspectives that
highlight oppression based on social categories such as ethnicity and
age rather than gender alone.
Pages 111-124.
American audiences; identity; Japanese government; Japanese military;
Washington Coalition for Comfort Women Issues (WCCW); Cho Jung-rae
(1973- ) [film director]; Comfort Woman by Nora Okja Keller [novel];
Cynthia Enloe (1938- ) [feminist writer]; Hwang Keum-ju; Kim Hak-soon
(1924-1997); Gim Hak-sun (1924-1997)

Lee, Jung-Sil.
Can the Arts Heal the Wartime Trauma of Sex Slaves? Case study of
Visual Art, Film, and Performing Arts.
Analyzes the diverse genres and styles of a number of artists who
effectively appropriated and re-contextualized historical and archival
documents (including photographs) to express their sympathies towards
the "comfort women'' and to tie wartime sex crimes to current broader
dialogues about women's rights and sexual violence. Deals with all
genres of the fine arts, film, music and opera, and focuses on the
subjects of the artists' works and the scope of their artistic
Pages 125-154.
artistic representations of "comfort women"; paintings; art
exhibitions; film screenings; film festivals; artistic projects;
survivors; Kim Soon-duk (1921-2004); Kang Duk-kyung (1929-1997); Kang
Il-chul (1928- ); Yong-soon Min (1953- ); Junghwa Kim Paik (1959- );
Hung Liu (1948- ) [visual artist]; Tomiyama Taeko (1921- ) [visual
artist]; Chang-Jin Lee [visual artist]; Jan Banning (1954- )
[photographer]; Steven Cavallo (1956- ) [artist]

Shulman, Frank Joseph.
Western-Language Doctoral Dissertations on the Korean "Comfort Women"
1995-2004: An Annotated Bibliography with Brief Information about the
Educational Backgrounds of the Dissertation Authors.
A chronologically arranged bibliography of the forty-six dissertations
dating from the first decade of doctoral-level research on the
"comfort women" that deal in their entirety or just in part with this
subject and that were written by American, Canadian, European,
Japanese, Korean and other Asian scholars. Prepared with the intention
of increasing current awareness of these dissertations, expanding
their readership, and facilitating their greater use, the
bibliographical entries contain descriptive annotations of the
dissertations along with information about their availability and
their tables of contents. It is based on a 15,000-entry annotated
bibliography of doctoral dissertations on Korea from the years
1903-2004 that is now in preparation.

Pages 155-190.
academic scholarship; biographical information; Korean government;
Japanese government; colonial Korea; female body; gender; Japanese
military; Korean American literature; Chang-rae Lee (1965- ); Nora
Okja Keller (1965- ); Comfort Woman by Nora Okja Keller [novel]; World
War II; postcolonialism; apologies; sexual slavery; suffering;
survivors; testimonies; trauma; women; compensation; controversies;
feminists; gender; identity; lawsuits; Japanese-Korean relations;
Korean-Japanese relations

Ku, Yangmo.
Assessing the Transnational "Comfort Women" Movement, 1992-2019.
Examines the historical background of the "comfort women" issue,
explores the origins and development of the transnational movement
involving a variety of self-organized advocacy groups in South Korea,
Japan, the United States and elsewhere, discusses its main activities,
and assesses the movement's achievements and limitations with
consideration of the extent and way in which it prompted the Japanese
government to change its indifferent stance on the issue to a somewhat
more apologetic attitude.
Pages 191-209.
Korean Council; Center for Research and Documentation on Japan's War
Responsibility; Washington Coalition for Comfort Women Issues (WCCW);
Asian Women's Fund; civil society groups; publicity; international
pressure; support for victims; museums; monuments; backlash; Japanese

Lee, Jung-Sil.
The Roles of "Comfort Women" Memorials in the U.S.: Continued
Activation of the Sprit of House Resolution 121.
Chronicles sixteen memorials -- ranging from commemorative stone slabs
to statues -- with particular consideration of how and why they were
built, the processes involved in their construction, the responses and
outcomes of their unveiling, and the significance of their presence in
contemporary discourses of the "comfort women" issue. Highlights the
memorials in Bergen, New Jersey, the Statue of Peace in Glendale,
California, the "Comfort Women" Memorial Peace Garden in Fairfax,
Virginia, and the "Comfort Women" Memorial in San Francisco.
Pages 211-237.
activists; controversies; healing; survivors; Japanese government;
Comfort Women Justice Coalition; Korean American Voters Council;
Washington Coalition for Comfort Women Issues (WCCW)]; House
Resolution 121; Steven Cavallo (1956- ) [artist]


79 figures / illustrations (in color) found throughout the volume.

Appendices: Pages 241-333.
Fifty-two appendices including the texts of letters, newspaper op-eds,
and legislative resolutions.

Resources: Pages 339-394.
Includes a listing of the activities of the Washington Coalition for
Comfort Women Issues (WCCW) from 1992 to 2020, recommended readings on
the "comfort women", a list of archival / visual art exhibitions of
"comfort women" issues in the United States, and a list of "comfort
women" themed films.


The edited volume is currently available only in paperbound format (8" x 10").

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countries should be directed to the Washington Coalition for Comfort
Women Issues (WCCW) website:
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Postal address: Washington Coalition for Comfort Women Issues (WCCW),
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Other inquiries may be directed to the editor of the volume, Dr.
Jung-Sil Lee, at
Jung Sil Lee<jslee78910 at gmail.com>

Frank Joseph Shulman
Bibliographer, Editor and Consultant for Reference Publications in Asian Studies
Associate Editor, Bibliography of Asian Studies (1997-2020)
9225 Limestone Place
College Park, Maryland 20740-3943 (U.S.A.)
E-mail: fshulman at umd.edu

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