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Book review: Kim Soom – One Left

When the issue of comfort women has been with us since the Pacific War, to re-emerge in 1991 when Kim Haksun came forward as the first to announce herself as victim, it is astonishing that we had to wait until 2016 for what is, according to Bonnie Oh’s introduction (p ix), “the first Korean novel […]

SOAS online seminar: One Left, by Kim Soom

It’s been a while since we last had a SOAS Friday evening seminar, but this should be worth the wait. One Left: A powerful tale of trauma and endurance that transformed a nation’s understanding of Korean comfort women Bruce Fulton and Ju-Chan Fulton (Translators) Friday 4 December 2020, 5 – 7pm Online. Register via Zoom […]

Whose Comfort? – book launch at the KCC

Friday 21 February 2020, 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm Korean Cultural Centre UK | Grand Buildings | 1-3 Strand | London WC2N 5B Admission free | Register via Google Docs Join World Scientific Publishing at the Korean Cultural Centre UK to celebrate the launch of Whose Comfort? The issue of sexual violence against civilian ‘comfort […]

Screening: Daily Bread + 50 Years of Silence

On UN International Eliminate Sexual Violence in Conflict Day, SOAS Korean Social and Environmental Justice Society will have a special film event celebrating Jan Ruff O’Herne, a survivor of Japanese military sexual slavery, and human rights campaigner. Jan was inspired in 1991 by the Korean grandmothers to tell her story – and to tell her […]

Screening: Daily Bread + 50 Years of Silence

Two films on the subject of a Dutch “Comfort Woman”. Daily Bread + 50 Years of Silence Arapina | 8 Little Thames Walk | London SE8 3FB 6pm, Wednesday 1 May 2019 Daily Bread Director: Ruby Challenger (Australia 2018, 15 mins, Dutch & Japanese with English subtitles. Historical drama) 50 Years of Silence Director: Ned […]

Remembering Kim Bok-dong 1926 – 2019

Kim Bok Dong was a victim of Japan’s wartime military sexual slavery, and one of the first of the survivors to speak out in the early 1990s. She became a prominent human rights campaigner on this and other issues affecting lives of young women. She passed away this year on 28 January. On March 13th, […]

Screening: A Long Way Around

A one-off screening of ‘A Long Way Around’ (‘에움길’) at Hammersmith Novotel Screening room 1, part of the week long International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema. Director Seung-Hyeon Yi’s 77 minute film tells the story of the ‘comfort women’ through the life of grandma Ok-Seon Lee. Free screening. No booking required. 10am, 18 February 2019. […]

RIP Kim Bok-dong

Next Tuesday, 5 February, a vigil will be held in remembrance of Kim Bok-dong who passed away on Monday 28 January, aged 93. She was a victim of Japanese military sexual slavery and a tireless campaigner against violence to women and girls in conflict. Her visit to London in 2015 touched many hearts. The vigil […]

SOAS seminar – From the Writing to Speaking Subject: Korean ‘Comfort Women’ and Girlhood

The second of this year’s SOAS evening seminars: From the Writing to Speaking Subject: Korean ‘Comfort Women’ and Girlhood Dr Jinhee Choi (King’s College London) 25 January 2019, 5:15 – 7:00 pm Venue: Brunei Gallery Room B104 | Register here Abstract From Snowy Road (눈길, dir. Lee Na-jeong, 2015) and Spirits’ Homecoming (귀향, dir. Cho […]

Screening: My Heart Is Not Broken Yet

Moon So-ri is the narrator of this moving film specially selected for screening close to International Women’s Day 2018. LKL caught it in Sheffield in 2015 – brief review here. My Heart Is Not Broken Yet Dir: AHN Hae-ryong (2007) Venue: Birkbeck, University of London, Room B04, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD Saturday 10 […]

SOAS conference: Colonialism and its Reverberations

A good half-day conference coming at the beginning of February. Check the event’s Facebook page or the SOAS website for updates. Colonialism and its Reverberations: ‘Comfort Women’ and Historical Revisionism in Korea and Japan Professor Yonson Ahn (University of Frankfurt), Professor Vladimir Tikhonov (University of Oslo), Professor Chong Yeonghwan (Meiji Gakuin University) 3 February 2018, […]

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 […]