Literacy and Liberty


Why history still matters today
Posted by: , November 18, 2018, 11:06 pm
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Coming across an article titled: “2018: Shinzo Abe, the Japanese Prime Minister, denies all claims related to the existence of the so-called “Comfort Women””, I was stunned. After the spark of the comfort station established by the Japanese military was brought into public attention in 1997, many evidences and testimonies of the former comfort women were put forth, in an attempt to demand for a proper apology and possible reparation from the Japanese officials for the horrendous past. Nevertheless, justice hasn’t been served. That’s why it still matters today to remind people of the history, in the slight hope for the restoration of the few survivors’ dignity and for shedding the light on the inhumane mistreatments these women had to receive.   

*Guiding Questions: 

  1. What are the testimonies of the former comfort women? Describe the conditions. 
  2. What is the Japanese governmental response to the accusation? The inequivalent reparation from the Japanese government? The total denial in the Prime Minister statement? 
  3. Describe the current attempt to fight for justice of the survivors. 
  4. What impacts does the past have on the present? Two-country relation, the trauma that next generation must deal with, ….?  
  5. Why it matters: the protest, the hostile feelings between two countries, the monuments, the coming-out-of-the-dark story, …? Why worth mentioning it after 86 years? 



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Scarlet, you are on a terrific track here, and I think the addition of a) the necessary argument for apology and reparation, as a timely concern in 2018 and b) the specific testimony of sexually enslaved women will make this project vital–to you and your readers. Keep going!

   Professor Seiler 11.20.18 @ 1:56 pm



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