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Pyong Gap Min – Korean “Comfort Women” Military Brothels, Brutality, and the Redress Movement

Pyong Gap Min (Faculty) published a book titled Korean “Comfort Women “Military Brothels, Brutality, and the Redress Movement (Rutgers University Press, 2021)

Arguably the most brutal crime committed by the Japanese military during the Asia-Pacific war was the forced mobilization of 50,000 to 200,000 Asian women to military brothels to sexually serve Japanese soldiers. The majority of these women died, unable to survive the ordeal. Those survivors who came back home kept silent about their brutal experiences for about fifty years. In the late 1980s, the women’s movement in South Korea helped start the redress movement for the victims, encouraging many survivors to come forward to tell what happened to them. With these testimonies, the redress movement gained strong support from the UN, the United States, and other Western countries.

Korean “Comfort Women” synthesizes the previous major findings about Japanese military sexual slavery and legal recommendations, and provides new findings about the issues “comfort women” faced for an English-language audience. It also examines the transnational redress movement, revealing that the Japanese government has tried to conceal the crime of sexual slavery and to resolve the women’s human rights issue with diplomacy and economic power.

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Pyong Gap Min, Thomas Chung, Sejung Sage Yim – The Transnational Redress Movement for the Victims of Japanese Military Sexual Slavery

Pyong Gap Min (Faculty) published a co-edited book The Transnational Redress Movement for the Victims of Japanese Military Sexual Slavery in February 2020 by De Gruyter /Oldenbourg Books (a Berlin, Germany-based publisher) with PhD students Thomas Chung and Sejung Sage Yim. The book is based on 13 papers presented at the 2017 conference on the “comfort women” issue and the redress movement for the victims, organized by the Research Center for Korean Community at Queens College. This book comprehensively covers the redress movement in South Korea, Japan, and the U.S. in detail.