Remembering The ‘Comfort Women’ Art Exhibition

Deptford Does Art in collaboration with Justice for ‘Comfort Women’ UK present an art exhibition, Remembering The ‘Comfort Women’.

  • Wednesday, 25 April – Sunday, 29 April 2018
  • Deptford Does Art
  • 12 noon -10pm daily

The sexual slavery of some 200,000 women and girls by the Japanese Imperial Army during WW2 was a monumental crime against women yet is barely known outside of Asia. A dwindling number of known survivors in their 80s and 90s still await global recognition of their suffering, and a sincere apology from the Japanese government.

This exhibition includes works by contemporary Korean artists working in the UK and South Korea.

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‘White Crysanthemum’ book reading and Q & A with Mary Lynn Bracht

Mary Lynn Bracht is an American writer of Korean descent, now living in London. Her debut novel, ‘White Crysanthemum’, published this year by Chatto & Windus, has received great critical acclaim.

Set in both wartime Korea and contemporary South Korea, it tells the story of a young girl enslaved in a Japanese military brothel, and of her younger sister, as an elderly woman, in search of her lost sibling.

 

 

 

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Free screening of My Heart Is Not Broken Yet and Q&A

  • Saturday, 29 April 2018
  • Film starts 2pm (Doors open at 1:30pm)
  • First come, first served

Grandma Song Sin-do was one of an estimated 250,000 women forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army during WW2.

This film shows her tireless campaign for justice for surviving ‘comfort women’, and her attempt to sue the Japanese government.

2007 | 95 min | Dir. Ahn Haeryong | Korean and Japanese language with English subtitles
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The Apology screens at London Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2017

A week ago, an iconic girl peace statue, representing victims of military sexual slavery, was erected in Germany for the first time in Europe. It is already in danger of being removed due to pressure from the Japanese government.

Please find out the ‘comfort women’ issue and how sexual violence is used as a weapon of war even now. Victims survivors of sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army are campaigning end violence against women in war and conflict, and for future generations to learn from the history.

If you are in London tonight, please watch the newly released film ‘The Apology‘ at PictureHouse Central. Director Tiffany Hsiung will be at the screening taking questions after the screening.

 

‘Sorrowful Homecoming’ with English subtitles

‘Sorrowful Homecoming’ is a documentary produced by “Team Witness” of the Korea Center for Investigative Journalism (Newstapa) in March 2016.

This documentary includes testimonies of North Korean ‘comfort women’ victims who were raped by Japanese military during the Japanese Colonial Rule.

Mr Dakashi Ito filmed them in North Korea during his visits in 1999 and  2015.

English subtitles were possible through a number of volunteers who are interested in this issue.

Part 1.

Korean version

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Human Rights Day 2016 in Freiburg 

Human Rights Day 10 December in Freiburg Germany. Debbie holds up a sign commemorating Park Suk Yi, a victim of Japanese WW2 military sexual slavery, who passed away on 6 December aged 94. 

The Mayor of Freiburg had announced the city would unveil a ‘comfort woman’ girl statue, a gift from Suwon city, on this day. However, he reversed the decision under pressure from Japanese ultra-nationalists. Activists are seeking a European city whose leadership has a better understanding of this important human rights issue.

Peace Tour in Europe for ‘Comfort Women’

Korean students touring Europe raising awareness of Japanese military sexual slavery came to London Wednesday 29th June 2016, performing and protesting at the Japanese embassy and Trafalgar Square.

We were pleased to provide some support in organising their London events and attend them. Also, the students group attended a seminar with Andrew from Justice for ‘Comfort Women’ UK after their outdoor events.