Student interns at Queensborough Community College in New York are learning the largely unknown story of Korean Comfort women, the Korean and Chinese women kidnapped and forced to serve as sex slaves for the Japanese military.
“As with perpetrators of the Holocaust, many deny that this tragedy ever happened,” said Dr. Arthur Flug, executive director of the college’s Kupferberg Holocaust Center. “This was a historic hate crime and has significant meaning for our diverse student body and the greater community.” he told the Times Ledger.
The program is a project of the school’s East Asia History internship and Korean American Civic Empowerment. City Councilman Peter Koo has been a big supporter.
“We are very sorry these things happened in the past and hurt so many people,” Koo said. “I hope all of us learn from this. That is why we have history in colleges.”