Lives of Resilience: Reimagining Taiwan’s Comfort Women

‘The history is indeed horrific; estimates vary, but the most commonly cited figure places the total number of comfort women at 200,000.’

The News Lens
Date: 2017/04/21
By: Keith Menconi

When one women’s rights advocacy group sought to commemorate the estimated 2,000

Credit: Keith Menconi

Taiwanese women forced into sexual servitude by Japanese forces during World War II, they chose to do so with a museum that celebrates the lives of the survivors.

In December 2016, the Taipei Women’s Rescue Foundation (TWRF) opened the Ama Museum in Taipei’s Datong district to house hundreds of collected artifacts related to the comfort women system and the survivors themselves, and also to serve as a focal point for women’s advocacy in Taipei.

Those memorialized in this museum, referred to euphemistically as “comfort women,” were coerced into brothels throughout Asia to serve the Japanese military.

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