In collaboration with All Souls Church in Manhattan (1157 Lexington Ave, New York), KACE co-hosted a seminar titled “Comfort Women: Why 200,000 WWII Sex Slaves Matter Today” on Thursday, October 23rd. A joint effort between KACE and Dr. Yangnim Kurz–a retired obstetrician/gynecologist and member of the congregation at All Souls Church–this seminar aimed to raise awareness of the issue of “comfort women” and encourage participating in the ongoing international resolution effort among non-Korean Americans.
An audience of 50 learned about the forced sexual slavery commited by the Imperial Japanese Government during the World War II, by watching a documentary and listening to the speeches by Professor Ok Cha Soh of Washington Coalition of Comfort Women Issues and by Dr. Arthur Flug of the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives at Queensboro Community College.
Also among the panel speakers was Mr. Steven Cavallo, who graciously displayed 10 selections of his portrait series on the “Comfort Women” victims.
At the end of the seminar, most of the attendees who had not been aware of the “Comfort Women” issue made such remarks as “I learned the hidden side of the World War II,” and “it is such a heartbreaking story.” Dr. Flug of the Holocaust Resource Center further regret on the lack of education on the human rights violation issues like the “Comfort Women” and hoped that more help is needed with the efforts like the Asian Social Justice Internship and interactive software explaining the “Comfort Women” issue being developed at the Holocaust Resource Center.
For more information on the sexual slavery/human rights violation issue (otherwise known as the “Comfort Women”) and on other civic efforts: