Taiwan’s first ‘comfort women’ museum opens after decade of effort

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/12/10
By: Elaine Hou and Lee Yu-cheng

Taipei, Dec. 10 (CNA) The first museum in Taiwan dedicated to “comfort women” — females who were

A former Taiwanese comfort woman tours the museum that opens Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Taipei Women’s Rescue Foundation)

forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II — opened Saturday in the historic Dadaocheng area in Taipei, after a decade of challenges.

The “Ama Museum,” as it is called, will be dedicated to preserving the stories of former Taiwanese comfort women and making sure that chapter in history is not forgotten, according to the Taipei Women’s Rescue Foundation, the driving force behind the project.

The museum is named after the surviving comfort women, many of whom are now in their 90s and are affectionately called “Ama,” which means grandmother in Taiwanese, the foundation said.

“Our dream has finally come true,” Huang Shu-ling (黃淑玲), chairwoman of the foundation, said at the opening ceremony, turning her face to the sky and addressing those comfort women who have passed away.    [FULL  STORY]

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