Belated Narrating: “Grandmothers” Telling Stories of Forced Sexual Slavery During World War II
On March 11, 2001 Korean “grandmother” Kap Soon-Choi walked onto the stage of a lecture hall at the University of Michigan in the United States and sat down between two younger women, one her interlocutor, the other her translator. After leaning toward her interlocutor for the first question, she began her testimony, translated into English as “We were so very poor.” For over an hour Kap Soon-Choi told her harrowing tale of abduction and forced sexual slavery in a Japanese military “comfort station” to a hall full of hushed college students. She told her story; she wept; she resumed. After her formal testimony, Kap Soon-Choi responded to audience questions for another hour. Throughout the two hours of testimony to her radical degradation, the Michigan Daily photographer shot photos for the next day’s paper.
KeywordsJapanese Government Comfort Station Sexual Slavery Comfort Woman Forced Prostitution
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