Comfort Woman

A Filipina's Story of Prostitution and Slavery under the Japanese Military

Author: Maria Rosa Henson

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442273569

Category: History

Page: 144

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From Comfort Woman: “We began the day with breakfast, after which we swept and cleaned our rooms. Then we went to the bathroom downstairs to wash the only dress we had and to bathe. The bathroom did not even have a door, so the soldiers watched us. We were all naked, and they laughed at us, especially me and the other young girl who did not have any pubic hair. “At two, the soldiers came. My work began, and I lay down as one by one the soldiers raped me. Every day, anywhere from twelve to over twenty soldiers assaulted me. There were times when there were as many as thirty; they came to the garrison in truckloads.” “I lay on the bed with my knees up and my feet on the mat, as if I were giving birth. Whenever the soldiers did not feel satisfied, they vented their anger on me. Every day, there were incidents of violence and humiliation. When the soldiers raped me, I felt like a pig. Sometimes they tied up my right leg with a waist band or a belt and hung it on a nail in the wall as they violated me. “I shook all over. I felt my blood turn white. I heard that there was a group called the Task Force on Filipino Comfort Women looking for women like me. I could not forget the words that blared out of the radio that day: 'Don't be ashamed, being a sex slave is not your fault. It is the responsibility of the Japanese Imperial Army. Stand up and fight for your rights.'” In April 1943, fifteen-year-old Maria Rosa Henson was taken by Japanese soldiers occupying the Philippines and forced into prostitution as a “comfort woman.” In this simply told yet powerfully moving autobiography, Rosa recalls her childhood as the illegitimate daughter of a wealthy landowner, her work for Huk guerrillas, her wartime ordeal, and her marriage to a rebel leader who left her to raise their children alone. Her triumph against all odds is embodied by her decision to go public with the secret she had held close for fifty years. Now in a second edition with a new introduction and foreword that bring the ongoing controversy over the comfort women to the present, this powerful memoir will be essential reading for all those concerned with violence against women.
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Behind the Silence

Chinese Voices on Abortion

Author: Jing-Bao Nie

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742523715

Category: Social Science

Page: 294

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Behind the Silence is the first in-depth work in any language to explore the diverse perspectives of mainland Chinese regarding induced abortion and fetal life in the context of the world's most ambitious and intrusive family planning program. Through his investigation of public silence, official standpoints, forgotten controversies from the imperial era, popular opinions, women's personal stories, doctors' narratives, and the problem of coerced abortion, Nie Jing-Bao brings to light a surprising range of beliefs concerning fetal life and the morality of abortion, yet finds overall an acceptance of national population policies. China's internal plurality, the author argues, must be taken seriously if the West is to open a fruitful cross-cultural dialogue. Visit our website for sample chapters!
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Legacies of the Comfort Women of World War II

Author: Margaret D. Stetz,Bonnie B. C. Oh

Publisher: M.E. Sharpe

ISBN: 9780765639424

Category: Social Science

Page: N.A

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The stories of the former comfort women -- long suppressed, but now emerging -- have galvanized both Asians and non-Asians working in a variety of fields. Scholars of Asian history and politics, feminists, human rights activists, documentary filmmakers, visual artists, and novelists have begun to address the subject of the comfort system; to take up the cause of the surviving comfort women's struggles; to call attention to past (and present) sexual violence against women, and to add the unwritten stories of former comfort women to the narratives of twentieth-century political history. This volume contains a cross-section of responses to the issues raised by the former comfort women and their new visibility on the international stage.
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Tales of Tibet

Sky Burials, Prayer Wheels, and Wind Horses

Author: Herbert J. Batt

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742500532

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 269

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Vivid and varied images of Tibet spring to life in this first collection of fiction on the country ever translated into English. As the storytellers portray Tibetan hunting traditions, Buddhist lore, and burial rites, they lure readers into a haunting and unfamiliar land.
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Denying the Comfort Women

The Japanese State's Assault on Historical Truth

Author: Rumiko Nishino,Puja Kim,Akane Onozawa

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351690639

Category: Social Science

Page: 268

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Planned, instituted and run by the Japanese Imperial Military during the Asia-Pacific War, the ‘comfort women’ system remains hugely controversial. Although political leaders often contest the role of coercion, many argue that the ‘comfort women’ were mobilized forcibly, through processes of abduction and deception. Utilising archival research, court testimonies and eyewitness accounts of both survivors and military and civilian personnel, this book argues its case in three ways. Part I analyses the modalities of coercion employed by the authorities and investigates the historical differences and continuities between licensed peacetime prostitution and wartime sexual slavery. Part II then examines the failures f the Asian Women’s Fund to resolve the ‘comfort women’ issue, whilst Part III explores the removal of ‘comfort women’ content from school history texts after the late 1990s and details Japan’s diplomatic efforts to prevent war victims froms uing the post-war state. Presenting a strong argument in opposition to the revisionist school of thought, this book ultimately concludes that a realistic settlement would see a victim-oriented solution that the survivors can accept. Written by leading Japanese and zainichi Korean scholars, Denying the Comfort Women will be of huge interest to students and scholars of modern Japanese studies, gender studies, women’s studies and Asian history.
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Bitter Flowers, Sweet Flowers

East Timor, Indonesia, and the World Community

Author: Richard Tanter,Mark Selden,Stephen Rosskamm Shalom

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742509689

Category: History

Page: 291

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The contributors - a mix of scholars and activists - explore the dynamics of East Timor's long struggle for independence and show how the case of East Timor, both during and after the Cold War, provides a litmus test for issues of international responsibility and reconciliation.
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Unbroken Spirits

Nineteen Years in South Korea's Gulag

Author: Sŭng Sŏ,Suh Sung,Sung So

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 9780742501218

Category: History

Page: 197

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This is the remarkable and wrenching memoir of a South Korean dissident who was unjustly accused of spying for the North Koreans and jailed for nineteen years as a political prisoner. The updated English-language edition traces Suh Sung's experiences as a Korean citizen of Japan before his incarceration, his time in prison, and his subsequent release. Readers will be moved and awed by Suh's courage under torture and solitary confinement. This memoir is an invaluable document for all concerned about human rights and a moving testimony to one man's incredible determination.
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Sisters and Lovers

Women and Desire in Bali

Author: Megan Jennaway

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Incorporated

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 309

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This rich ethnography in a rural village in North Bali illuminates the construction of desire by exploring cultural practices regarding courtship and marriage, motherhood, and connubial fidelity. The way these cornerstones of daily life are played out in the alternative arenas of tourism and illness highlight pervasive gender disparities in the expression of sexuality. By allowing key informants to tell their stories in their own voices and by skillfully interweaving fictionalized interludes, the author gives us not only a rigorously researched ethnography but an intimate and fully realized portrait of Balinese women's innermost desires.
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Red is Not the Only Color

Contemporary Chinese Fiction on Love and Sex Between Women, Collected Stories

Author: Patricia Angela Sieber

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 9780742511385

Category: Fiction

Page: 201

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As urban China has undergone a rapid transformation, same-sex relations have emerged as a significant, if previously neglected, touchstone for the exploration of the meaning of social change. The short fiction in this volume highlights tensions between tradition and modernization, family and state, art and commerce, love and sex.
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Sex Matters

The Sexuality and Society Reader

Author: Mindy Stombler,Dawn Michelle Baunach,Elisabeth O. Burgess

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 522

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Sex Matters: The Sexuality and Society Reader, 2/E Mindy Stombler, "Georgia State University"Dawn M. Baunach, "Georgia State University"Elisabeth O. Burgess, "Georgia State University"Denise Donnelly, "Georgia State University"Wendy Simonds, "Georgia State University" ISBN: 0205485448 This anthology of 62 readings from contemporary scholarly literature, trade books, popular media, as well as contributed articles, examines the many ways in which human sexuality is a socially constructed and regulated behavior, and how it is studied by social scientists. New To This Edition 39 of the 62 readings are new. Several chapters, including Sexual Practices, Sexual Violence, and Commercialized Sex, have been greatly expanded. Each chapter now concludes with "Sextistics," a set of relevant research data.
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