Starting in 1875 when the Ganghwa Island Incident was used to promote Japanese aggression towards Korea, state regulated prostitution was implemented in the peninsular country. Imperial Japan ruled Korea through violence and exploitation, and took Korean women as ‘Comfort Women’ to the battlefields for the military, as they aggressively expanded their colonial territory.
The ‘present/now’ for those of us who live in East Asia is defined by our inability to separate ourselves from past Japanese colonial rule. The North-South division of Korea after liberation, the Korean War, the lonely deaths of people due to development and military dictatorships, and the suffering of the many cannot be unrelated to Japan, either. Now, there exists a necessity to know and understand what Japan has done, and correcting the neglected wrongs of the past 74 years.
Main Exhibit Contents
Voices of Korean ‘Comfort Women’
Japanese invasion and aggression of Korea, and the Japanese Military ‘Comfort System’
The struggle for Korean Women