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Patch: Objections Dropped to Comfort Women Memorial in New Jersey

posted by Randall

 

Korean American Civic EmpowermentThe split in the Korean American community that delayed the planned comfort women memorial in Fort Lee, New Jersey is now over, reports Patch.

Korean American Civic Empowerment or KACE originally objected to the inscription on the memorial  and threatened to make the City Council pay at the ballot box if they didn’t listen.

It has now changed its tone.

“We really appreciate the Fort Lee government,”  said KACE program director Nuri Han, “and their willingness to have this memorial and educate the Fort Lee residents about this inhumane history.”

The Council responded to the objections by asking KACE and The Fort Lee Korean American Vietnam War Veterans to work it out and get back to them when they did. It was the veterans group which originally proposed the memorial to 200,000 mostly Korean women forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army.

The two sides have now reached agreement on the inscription and KACE says it will defer to local groups on Fort Lee on the design.

If they feel they are threatened by us, our president told us he wants to apologize,” Han said.

You can read more on this controversy in Patch.

 

 

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