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Washington Post: Controversial Comfort Women memorial in DC ignites division between Japanese & Koreans

posted by Randall

Comfort Women Memorial dedication, Fairfax County, VAYet another Comfort Women memorial has gone up in the United States, reports the Washington Post (photo from Fairfax County, VA Facebook page).

A dedication ceremony was held Friday night at the Fairfax County Government Center in Virginia, not far from the Nation’s Capitol.

Similar memorials have gone up in Palisades Park, New Jersey; the Bergen County Courthouse in Hackensack, New Jersey and in Glendale, CA.

It’s a sign of the growing influence of Korean Americans, especially in areas where they are concentrated.

They hope to bring attention to a relatively little known chapter in world history– the sexual enslavement of Korean and other women by the Imperial Army of Japan during World War II.

“It was a war crime that happened a long time ago that not many people know about, yet it happened, much like the Holocaust happened,” said Herndon Town Council member Grace Han Wolf.

The memorials have angered Japan and some Japanese Americans here in the United States.

In the days leading up to the Fairfax County unveiling, local authorities were bombarded with emails urging them to call the whole thing off.

“We wish you will stop revealing such a stupid memorial on 30 May,” read an e-mail.

You can read more about both sides of this controversy in the Washington Post.

 

 

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  1. humanrightstiananmen64 says:

    I hope Grace Han Wolf and Sharon Bulova should not turn their face away from the inconvenient truth, comfort women enslaved for the US military and Korean Government itself during and after the Korean war.
    I was very shocked by the news that 122 Korean women claimed that “we were the U.S. military comfort women”, and sued the class action lawsuit on June 25, 2014.
    http://iamkoream.com/comfort-women-for-u-s-milita
    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-07-11/new
    The USA and Korean Government itself are very deeply committed to this Korean “comfort women” matter as an assailant of violence against women.
    All comfort women were the victims of human trafficking. The Memorial should engrave the phrase on the statue “We were the U.S. military sex slave too,” for human rights of all women, the very purpose of this memorial.

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