Intimacy and Contempt: WWII Comfort Women and Japanese Soldiers
AGI seminar presentation: Intimacy and Contempt: WWII Comfort Women and Japanese Soldiers
By: Yonson Ahn (Professor & Director of Korean Studies and Deputy Director, Interdisciplinary Centre of East Asian Studies (IZO) Goethe-University of Frankfurt)
There is an extraordinary feature of a story which held the 50-year silence after the war stories of “comfort women” who were forced into sexual servitude for the Japanese military during WWII and those who survived their “living death.”
Using narrative analysis based on in-depth interviews conducted with Japanese veterans and the Korean comfort women victims-survivors and documentary sources to reconstruct the traumatic encounters of the Japanese soldiers and the comfort women at the comfort system, this talk investigates both the personal and pseudo-love relationships between the women and the soldiers, along with the violence inflicted on the women.
Monday, March 23, 2015 - 12:30
AXL Seminar Room 4.01
(Level 4, Harry Oppenheimer Building, UCT)