Well, the title is misleading.. Sorry, it’s just a summary. But, anyone who is interested in the issue should read her book. I’m not saying she is 100% right though.
The following is a summary English translation of a book titled “Comfort Women of the Empire” by Professor Park Yuha of Sejong University in South Korea.
The original book in Korean was banned in South Korea, but it has been published in Japan:
By the way, you may wonder; “Wait, isn’t South Korea a free democratic country?”
Freedom House ranks South Korea as:
PRESS FREEDOM STATUS: Partly Free
I explained about it before – “South Korea’s Limited Freedom of Speech and Five Laws”
Also, you can listen to her interview.
The comment of the Video is great & fantastic.
I watched this video against my better judgment, fearing that it would bring up some bitter memories, and it did. I feel sorry for Ms. Park because I think I know a little bit about what she is going through. Though I was never sued, I was essentially driven out of Korea for writing online posts that questioned and disputed Korea’s historical claim to Liancourt Rocks (Dokdo / Takeshima). In spite of having lived and worked in Korea for many years, I was still surprised to learn how much of a taboo it was to question Korea’s historical claim to Dokdo. In fact, I was shocked to see Korean coworkers ostracize me as quickly as they did, coworkers who had just previously been very friendly with me, frequently asked for my help, and praised my abilities and work.
My Dokdo postings essentially got me fired and blacklisted in Korea. And I think questioning Korea’s claims on the Comfort Women is probably just as taboo, though I have not personally experienced any backlash for discussing the comfort women or posting translations of old Korean newspaper articles on the subject. Nevertheless, it is almost impossible to have an honest debate on these two subjects in Korea, so if you are a historian in the United States or another country and want access to Korean historians and archives, you either tow the Korean line on these two subjects or avoid them like the plague for fear of being ostracized.
As for the Comfort Women, not only did the Comfort Woman in the audio interview in this video dispute Korean claims, but other Comfort Women have also disputed them. Before the comfort women became so indoctrinated, I remember reading an interview with one of them who said that Korean Comfort Women supported Japan’s war in Asia and the Pacific. She said the women used to truly get excited when they heard news of Japanese victories and would cheer along with the Japanese soldiers. She tried to excuse herself and the other women by saying they were young and didn’t know any better because they had grown up as members of the Japanese Empire. She said even though people may not want to hear it, it was true.
And then there is also this: After the Japanese were defeated and left Korea, the new Korean government set up its own “Comfort Women” system for the UN soldiers who came to Korea to fight in the Korean War, which begs the question: “If Koreans really believed that the ‘comfort women’ were ‘sex slaves’ and were bothered by that fact, why did they establish their own comfort woman system and even continue to refer to the women as ‘comfort women'”?
The best quote ever … “if you are a historian in the United States or another country and want access to Korean historians and archives, you either tow the Korean line on these two subjects or avoid them like the plague for fear of being ostracized.”
That’s how “history” is created in South Korea.