Comfort Women Experts Question the Final & Irreversible Japan-Korea Agreement

Press Roundtable March 3

Mar 02, 2016, 06:00 ET from Asia Policy Point

WASHINGTON, March 2, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Seven international scholars will discuss if the December 28th agreement between Japan and South Korea on "comfort women" is viable, final, and irreversible. The roundtable will be held on March 3, 2016, at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS), SAIS, Johns Hopkins University, 1755 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC, co-sponsored by AICGS and Asia Policy Point.

The participating scholars and researchers will be in Washington for a series of seminars and briefings on the history of the non-Korean comfort women in Imperial Japan's sex slave system. In addition to private briefings on Capitol Hill and a private screening of the Song of the Reed, a documentary on Taiwanese comfort women, hosted by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Organization (TECRO), they will speak at SAIS, Johns Hopkins and George Washington University.

Ms. M. Evelina Galang of the University of Miami documents the lives of Filipino former Comfort Women and author of the forthcoming Lolas' House: Women Living with War.

Dr. Yukiko Hanawa of New York University is a historian who works on issues of gender and the articulation of female political consciousness in the U.S. and Japan.

Ms. Hilde Janssen, Dutch journalist and anthropologist, researches the history of Indonesian Comfort Women and is author of a Dutch textbook and bilingual Dutch/English photo book on their experience.

Ms. Mindy Kotler is director of Asia Policy Point, a Washington think tank that studies the intersection of history and security in East Asia.

Ms. Griselda Molemans, Dutch investigative reporter and researcher, researches the Dutch, Indo-Dutch, American and Austrian women used as Comfort Women in the Dutch East Indies; is founder of the Task Force for Dutch Indies War Reparations.

Dr. Caroline Norma from the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, is an expert on prostitution in Asia and author of The Japanese Comfort Women and Sexual Slavery during the China and Pacific Wars (2016).

Dr. Peipei Qiu teaches at Vassar College and is author of Chinese Comfort Women: Testimonies from Imperial Japan's Sex Slaves (2014).

For more details, contact the Asia Policy Point Director Ms. Mindy Kotler, office (202) 822-6040, Website:


SOURCE Asia Policy Point