Comfort Women

Human Rights Watch film festival will be screening The Apology, a documentary on the subject of women forced into sexual slavery in WWII. There will be two opportunities to see the film, both followed by a Q+A session with director Tiffany Hsiung. The Apology (2016) UK Premiere, with Q+A with Director Tiffany Hsiung Wednesday 15 […]

{ 0 comments }

Festival Film review: Spirit’s Homecoming

by Philip Gowman 27 December 2016
Thumbnail image for Festival Film review: Spirit’s Homecoming

With the signing of the Comfort Women “deal” between Japan and South Korea in December 2015 – a deal signed without consulting the victims themselves – the issue of the wartime sex slaves once again came to the fore. While the inter-governmental negotiators were reaching the final stages of their deal-making, Cho Jung-rae’s long-term project […]

Read the full article →

Fringe visit: Girl

by Philip Gowman 24 August 2016
Thumbnail image for Fringe visit: Girl

Modl Theatre Company is perhaps best known in this country for its work aimed at younger audiences, but it is a diverse company which also engages with more adult material too. And you can’t get much more adult than a graphic description of the surgical procedure that the Japanese forced upon young Korean girls so […]

Read the full article →

Visiting Korean students protest Comfort Woman issue

by 앤서방 29 June 2016
Thumbnail image for Visiting Korean students protest Comfort Woman issue

Great to see so many young people from South Korea raising awareness of the ‘comfort women’ issue in London today, performing and protesting at the Japanese embassy and Trafalgar Square.

Read the full article →

Video: Living Statue “Comfort Women” protest outside Tate Modern

by Philip Gowman 6 March 2016
Thumbnail image for Video: Living Statue “Comfort Women” protest outside Tate Modern

Braving the cold and rain, the living statue demonstration proceeded yesterday in front of Tate Modern. LKL arrived too late to take any photos, but above is one of the official photos and, below, a video of the protest. Links: justice4comfortwomenuk.wordpress.com

Read the full article →

Event news: Live Statue protest in support of “Comfort Women”

by Philip Gowman 3 March 2016
Thumbnail image for Event news: Live Statue protest in support of “Comfort Women”

Timed to be close to International Women’s Day, there will be a “live statue” protest outside Tate Modern this Saturday, promoted by Justice for Comfort Women UK. Here is there official press release. Justice for ‘Comfort Women’ UK ‘Live Statue’ event in London Saturday 5 March 2016 12:00 – 16:00 Outside Tate Modern To publicise […]

Read the full article →

Comfort Women deal protested at Ban Ki-moon speech

by Philip Gowman 6 February 2016
Thumbnail image for Comfort Women deal protested at Ban Ki-moon speech

The Justice for ‘Comfort Women’ UK group held a quiet protest outside Westminster Central Hall yesterday as people filed in to listen to a talk by Ban Ki-moon. The dignified campaign continued inside: as Ban got up to speak, a protestor held up a sign demanding that the intergovernmental “deal” be annulled. Ban’s speech was targeted […]

Read the full article →

Looking back at 2015: DPRK and regional news

by Philip Gowman 8 January 2016
Thumbnail image for Looking back at 2015: DPRK and regional news

In our third review of 2015, we look at some of the North Korea related news, and stories which put the peninsula in a wider East Asian context. DPRK Human rights and defectors Shin Dong-hyuk, the most prominent campaigner among the defector community, admitted that some of his testimony (eg, in Escape from Camp 14) […]

Read the full article →

Supporters of Comfort Women to protest outside Korean Embassy

by Philip Gowman 3 January 2016
Thumbnail image for Supporters of Comfort Women to protest outside Korean Embassy

When the BBC reported the “deal” between Japan and South Korea on the Comfort Women issue last week, saying that ‘South Korea says it will consider the matter resolved “finally and irreversibly” if Japan fulfills its promises,’ LKL marvelled that no mention was made of what the victims themselves thought about the deal. They don’t […]

Read the full article →

A surviving victim’s view on the Korea-Japan Comfort Women “deal”

by 앤서방 30 December 2015
Thumbnail image for A surviving victim’s view on the Korea-Japan Comfort Women “deal”

In September this year 90 year old survivor of WW2 Japanese military sexual slavery Kim Bok-dong gave two public talks in London, at the Korean Cultural Centre and at Goldsmiths University. She said she had come, ‘not as a victim but as a human rights activist’, and explained that the surviving ladies were not just […]

Read the full article →

Statements on the Comfort Women issue

by Philip Gowman 28 December 2015
Thumbnail image for Statements on the Comfort Women issue

Statements published jointly today by the Japanese and South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs aim to bring closure to the issue of wartime sexual slavery. The Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan also published a statement on the inter-governmental announcements, which says that the issue is by no means […]

Read the full article →

Event news: The Voices of the Comfort Women and Their Journey for Peace

by Philip Gowman 17 September 2015
Thumbnail image for Event news: The Voices of the Comfort Women and Their Journey for Peace

A rare opportunity to meet a survivor of the Japanese military sexual slavery system presents itself at Goldsmiths on Monday. The Korean NGO Justice to the ‘Comfort Women’ is also holding an event at the KCC tomorrow, Friday, at which presumably she will be present. The Voices of the Comfort Women 18 Sept, KCCUK Let’s […]

Read the full article →

Sheffield conference report – Comfort Women: Listening To Their Voices

by Philip Gowman 22 June 2015
Thumbnail image for Sheffield conference report – Comfort Women: Listening To Their Voices

Short of bringing some of the surviving halmonis to the UK in person, it is difficult to imagine how the organisers of this weekend’s gathering in Sheffield could have assembled a better line-up of people to discuss the Comfort Women issue. We had Byun Young-joo, director of the trilogy of documentaries focusing on the Korean […]

Read the full article →

Comfort Women: Listening To Their Voices — free screenings and discussion in Sheffield

by Philip Gowman 13 June 2015
Thumbnail image for Comfort Women: Listening To Their Voices — free screenings and discussion in Sheffield

A series of documentary screenings and discussions on the subject of Comfort Women, spread over Friday evening and Saturday. Director Byun Young-joo will be present to discuss her work – the first two documentaries of her 낮은 목소리 trilogy will be screening. Director Kim Dong-won will also be present. Korean Cinema Stories: Comfort Women — […]

Read the full article →

Looking back at 2012: DPRK and regional news

by Philip Gowman 25 January 2013
Thumbnail image for Looking back at 2012: DPRK and regional news

In the third of four round-ups of things that caught our eye in 2012, we look back at some of the stories from the DPRK and Seoul’s external relations. DPRK The leadership transition proceeded smoothly, contrary to many observers’ expectations. Kim Jong-un showed that he had inherited his father’s expensive tastes, with a story that […]

Read the full article →

Gumok: a simple, powerful portrayal of the story of a young Comfort Woman

by Philip Gowman 17 July 2012
Thumbnail image for Gumok: a simple, powerful portrayal of the story of a young Comfort Woman

In general, my heart sinks when I have to go to a musical. I’ve rarely come across a piece of music theatre from the last 50 years where the quality of the music and lyrics has lived up to the ambition of the production as a whole. The two big Korean musicals that have shown […]

Read the full article →

Gumok, a new musical at the Chelsea Theatre

by Philip Gowman 14 June 2012
Thumbnail image for Gumok, a new musical at the Chelsea Theatre

News of an interesting new musical getting an outing for one day only later this month in Chelsea, featuring the stories of the Korean Comfort Women: Gumok Date: 30th June, 2012 Place: Chelsea Theatre (SW10 0DR) Time: 5pm and 8pm Price: Pay what you like (min. £1) Project Team Gumok presents a new musical “Gumok” […]

Read the full article →