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Researching and Documenting the "Comfort Women" History: what documents exist and where; how one analyzes them; working with oral history

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies and Asia Policy Point

Thursday, March 3, 2016
12:45 PM - 2:00 PM
The Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW, Lindner Commons, Room 602
Washington, DC 20052


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Mr. Christopher Simpson, professor of journalism, School of Communications, American University. He has advised the Nazi War Crimes and Japanese Imperial Government Records Interagency Working Group of the National Archives and is the editor of the Holmes & Meier series on Science and Human Rights of which the first book was Comfort Women Speak (edited by Christopher Simpson and Sangmie Choi Schellsted), contemporary photographs by Soon Mi Yu.

Ms. Griselda Molemans, Dutch investigative reporter and researcher, founder of the Task Force for Dutch Indies War Reparations (Dutch acronym: TFIR; Task Force Indisch Rechtsherstel. She is the author of Erfgenamen van Indië [Heirs of the Dutch East Indies] (2004), Zwarte huid, Oranje hart [Black Skin, Orange Heart] (2010), and Opgevangen in andijvielucht [Welcomed by the Smell of Endive] (Amsterdam: Quasar Books, 2014), and the forthcoming Levenslang oorlog [A Lifetime of War] (end of 2016).

Ms. Hilde Janssen, Dutch Journalist and anthropologist. While based in Jakarta, she initiated a research project in 2007 on Comfort Women with photographer Jan Banning to interview and photograph more than 50 Indonesian survivors. This research resulted in a bilingual Dutch and English book entitled Troostmeisjes/Comfort Women (2013) with photographer Jan Banning. She is also the author of Schaamte en Onschuld [Shame and Innocent] (2010).

Ms. M. Evelina Galang, professor of English, University of Miami, author, Angel de la Luna and the 5th Glorious Mystery (2013) and the forthcoming Lolas’ House: Women Living with War. She is also writing a novel entitled Beautiful Sorrow, Beautiful Sky. Since 1998, she has studied the lives of surviving Filipina “Comfort Women” who are members of Liga ng mga Lolang Pilipina (LILA Pilipina).

The panel discussion will be moderated by Mike Mochizuki, co-director of the Sigur Center Program on Memory and Reconciliation in the Asia Pacific.




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