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‘Comfort Women’ Statue In Glendale Sits At Center Of New Controversy
CBSLA.com) ^ | January 3, 2014 11:28 PM

Posted on 01/04/2014 9:53:56 AM PST by BenLurkin

GLENDALE (CBSLA.com) — A petition asking for the removal of a bronze statue in the city of Glendale has been submitted to President Barack Obama’s website, “We the People.”

Opponents of the 1,100-pound bronze statue honoring the so-called “comfort women” have collected more than 100,000 signatures.

Although that is the number needed to receive a response from the White House, that is no guarantee that any action will be taken.

“We don’t really think much of it because 1) it is the local government jurisdiction to install or remove a statue,” said Phyllis Kim, a member of the Korean-American Forum of California. The group helped pay for the monument.

Since its installation last summer, the statue honoring “comfort women” – mostly Korean and Chinese women who were used as sex slaves by the Japanese army during World War II – has been met with controversy.

But despite emails to city leaders and pleas from the Japanese government, the memorial remains at Glendale’s Central Park on East Harvard Street.

“A lot of them don’t know what actually happened during this time and a lot of them are in denial and try to downplay what has happened in the past,” Kim said.

The petition was started by a Texas man by the name of Tony Marano. On his YouTube channel, he states, “these women were recruited and they volunteered to serve in these comfort women houses for the Japanese Imperial Army.”

Kim says that although the Japanese government issued a formal apology in 1993, it wasn’t enough for surviving comfort women.

“All they want is to receive a sincere apology,” Kim explains.

CBS2 was unable to reach Marano for comment on Friday night.

Meantime, city officials for Glendale said that most of the signatures on the petition were from people overseas.


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1 posted on 01/04/2014 9:53:56 AM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

It really did happen. The truth hurts. China is now readying for payback due to economics. The only people who are in denial are the perpetrators.


2 posted on 01/04/2014 9:59:25 AM PST by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: BenLurkin

That seems like a strange statue in a strange location; are you supposed to sit next to her and comfort her over her suffering?

In any event, it is certainly not an issue for the federal gov’t.


3 posted on 01/04/2014 10:00:19 AM PST by jocon307
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To: BenLurkin
The city of Glendale should be ashamed of its actions during WWII. A statue is not enough. The city must offer a sincere apology.

Oh, wait ...


4 posted on 01/04/2014 10:08:30 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: BenLurkin

As an artist, a woman, and a student of WW2, I find the statue very poignant and inoffensive.

It happened. It is entirely appropriate to remember these women, and while we are at it, let us also remember the thousands of women civilians who were raped in Nanking, the 3000 that were killed in the Attack on Pearl Harbor, and the 200+ American POWS that my Dad found beheaded and abandoned in a Japanese POW Camp on a nameless, godforsaken atoll in the Pacific AFTER the surrender was signed.


5 posted on 01/04/2014 10:09:22 AM PST by left that other site
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To: jocon307


6 posted on 01/04/2014 10:09:40 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin
The next time I'm in Glendale, I'd be honored to visit this statue.

I'm tired of sending history down a black hole because it becomes uncomfortable or inconvenient.

7 posted on 01/04/2014 10:16:46 AM PST by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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To: left that other site

“...and the 200+ American POWS that my Dad found beheaded and abandoned in a Japanese POW Camp on a nameless, godforsaken atoll in the Pacific AFTER the surrender was signed.”

The Jap prison guards had standing orders to kill prisoners if Allied forces approached. Most didn’t because they knew that wouldn’t end well for them either. But some...


8 posted on 01/04/2014 10:26:34 AM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: BenLurkin

Sitting? Really?


9 posted on 01/04/2014 10:29:43 AM PST by Balding_Eagle (Damn ObamaCare, full speed ahead!)
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To: PLMerite

So what you are saying is that this was government policy...not just the panicky reaction of crazy guards on an isolated island.

Which, of course, makes the Japanese Nation even more culpable, IMNSHO.


10 posted on 01/04/2014 10:32:13 AM PST by left that other site
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To: Scoutmaster

I Agree with you.


11 posted on 01/04/2014 10:34:48 AM PST by left that other site
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To: BenLurkin

Tony Marano = bizarre Japanese war crimes apologist, also fan of whale hunting. Was served dolphin & whale dishes when he visited Japan

“But despite .... pleas from the Japanese government”

Pretty much says it all there.


12 posted on 01/04/2014 10:36:01 AM PST by Ready4Freddy
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To: DoughtyOne

Why Glendale for the locale? I thought that city was pretty much South American and Armenian demographic these past many moons.


13 posted on 01/04/2014 10:44:33 AM PST by ErnBatavia (The 0baMao Experiment: Abject Failure)
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To: BenLurkin

The petition was started by a Texas man by the name of Tony Marano. On his YouTube channel, he states, “these women were recruited and they volunteered to serve in these comfort women houses for the Japanese Imperial Army.”


Bravo Sierra!

There were likely some who “volunteered” to be prostitutes (those who were already prostitutes?); but many were captured and raped.


14 posted on 01/04/2014 10:51:55 AM PST by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Balding_Eagle

Would you rather have a graphic representation of what was done to these women?

I think it’s a good design.


15 posted on 01/04/2014 10:56:20 AM PST by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Scoutmaster
I'm tired of sending history down a black hole because it becomes uncomfortable or inconvenient.

Well said.

16 posted on 01/04/2014 10:57:29 AM PST by Lizavetta
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To: BenLurkin

“The petition was started by a Texas man by the name of Tony Marano. On his YouTube channel, he states, “these women were recruited and they volunteered to serve in these comfort women houses for the Japanese Imperial Army.”

Mr Marano, an idiot, should have no problem getting a teaching position in Japan, where the military-imperial period of Japan is taught leaving out a lot of the truth of atrocities and inhumane behavoir on the part of the Japanese military.


17 posted on 01/04/2014 10:58:21 AM PST by Wuli
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To: Wuli

I’ve seen the box of signed volunteer forms which led Mr. Marano to that conclusion. They’re stored right next to the box of forms where citizens of Hiroshima volunteered to serve in trials on the effects of atomic bombs on Japanese cities.


18 posted on 01/04/2014 11:09:33 AM PST by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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To: Wuli

This makes me wonder whether Mr. Marano and those supporting his petition themselves used “comfort women” when they were overseas.


19 posted on 01/04/2014 11:09:42 AM PST by thecodont
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To: BenLurkin

Seems odd that a CA city would insert itself into this controversy. A statue in Seoul or Beijing would seem more appropriate.

Also odd that a TX man is concerned enough about a statue in a CA city to start a petition drive.


20 posted on 01/04/2014 11:44:52 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: BenLurkin
The petition was started by a Texas man by the name of Tony Marano. On his YouTube channel, he states, “these women were recruited and they volunteered to serve in these comfort women houses for the Japanese Imperial Army.”

Tellya what, Tony. I'll use the... persuasion... on you, that the Japanese used on these women.

Betcha I can get you to "volunteer" for things you never even knew existed...

21 posted on 01/04/2014 11:56:36 AM PST by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: left that other site

Lots of things happened in history but isn’t it more appropriate to erect statues here in remembrance of American events? It seems to me this statue would be more appropriate in the East because that’s where events took place.


22 posted on 01/04/2014 1:31:42 PM PST by what's up
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To: Sherman Logan

There is a high population of Koreans in Glendale. They place second to the Armenians.


23 posted on 01/04/2014 1:34:09 PM PST by windcliff
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To: Sherman Logan

Agree. This is an example of the multiculturalism that’s destroying CA.


24 posted on 01/04/2014 1:36:16 PM PST by what's up
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To: BenLurkin

Very tasteful. I hope the city council of Glendale cares more about their Korean-American constituents than about some out-of-state misogynist goofball.


25 posted on 01/04/2014 2:30:49 PM PST by Tax-chick (The superpowers ascribed to "feminists" make me wish I was one.)
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To: Scoutmaster

“I’ve seen the box of signed volunteer forms”

signed volunteer forms for what??


26 posted on 01/04/2014 3:01:22 PM PST by Wuli
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To: windcliff

Did not know that.


27 posted on 01/04/2014 3:31:16 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: DIRTYSECRET

Why are there statues and museums commemorating events caused by foreigners in the U.S. at all? These statues should be erected in the countries where they occured.


28 posted on 01/04/2014 3:38:03 PM PST by Amberdawn
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To: Wuli
Sorry. I was being sarcastic.

Mr. Marano says the comfort women were volunteers. I'm saying they were no more 'volunteers' than the citizens of Hiroshima, or the members of the Bataan Death March, or the crewmen of the U.S.S. Arizona . . .

29 posted on 01/04/2014 3:39:41 PM PST by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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To: Scoutmaster

“Sorry. I was being sarcastic.”

On this forum we cannot always tell when someone is serious or making what they think is a joke.

We should all start using HTML more often and inserting “emoticons” to mimic the facial expression/emotions consistent with the intent of the message. /LOL

Thanks for your understanding; and not getting upset that I did not realize it was a joke.


30 posted on 01/04/2014 3:54:44 PM PST by Wuli
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To: BenLurkin
"...the statue honoring “comfort women” – mostly Korean and Chinese women who were used as sex slaves by the Japanese army during World War II..."

While I feel compassion for the exploitation of those women, I don't get why a statue honoring them has to be in a park in Glendale, California. Shouldn't it be in Tokyo?

Sounds like the left is trying to make normal Americans feel shame for something they had nothing to do with. Again.

31 posted on 01/04/2014 4:03:45 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: left that other site
It is entirely appropriate to remember these women

I agree, but why Glendale, California? Shouldn't this statue be in Tokyo?

32 posted on 01/04/2014 4:05:10 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: windcliff

“There is a high population of Koreans in Glendale. They place second to the Armenians.”
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Any idea of how many of them are retired comfort women? The only place perhaps more bizarre than Glendale for that statue would be in the Alamo—at least that would “honor” the residence of the petition circulator.


33 posted on 01/04/2014 4:25:02 PM PST by House Atreides
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To: Windflier; DoughtyOne
Weird....I grew up in Glendale and it was so lily-white in the 1950's that it was only a semi joke that anyone with a hint of beige best be on the bus outta town by dusk. Nary a Mexican or Chinese restaurant even.

After I left for the Marine Corps in 1966, it started to get an inflow of Salvadorians, followed by a huge flood of Armenians.......this Korean influx must be within just the past few years.

That all being said ---- I hope that Damon's Steak House is still there!

34 posted on 01/04/2014 4:32:37 PM PST by ErnBatavia (The 0baMao Experiment: Abject Failure)
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To: Windflier

From the photos, i think there may be a Korean Community, and maybe even some elderly ladies who were “Comfort Women” in that town.


35 posted on 01/04/2014 4:50:34 PM PST by left that other site
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To: ErnBatavia
I grew up in Glendale and it was so lily-white in the 1950's that it was only a semi joke that anyone with a hint of beige best be on the bus outta town by dusk.

I'm of the melanin-enriched variety of American. I can tell you for a fact that Glendale was still a no-go zone after dark for minorities, as late as the mid-eighties.

I discussed this personally on the roadside with Glendale - Burbank police, many times in those days.

36 posted on 01/04/2014 4:52:21 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: left that other site
From the photos, i think there may be a Korean Community, and maybe even some elderly ladies who were “Comfort Women” in that town.

That would explain how the statue came to be, but I still have to ask, why there?

The Korean community in Glendale would have made a much more impactful statement by sponsoring a campaign to erect that statue in a place that's related to the atrocity.

37 posted on 01/04/2014 4:57:23 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier

38 posted on 01/04/2014 5:00:41 PM PST by ErnBatavia (The 0baMao Experiment: Abject Failure)
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To: Windflier

You might want to look at the comments that are with the original article.

The tasteful, gentle looking, non-confrontational statue in Glendale CA is getting all kinds of indignant, wrathful letters from Japan.

So it would seem that it IS having an impact, even though it is far away from the eyes of japan.


39 posted on 01/04/2014 5:03:52 PM PST by left that other site
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To: left that other site
The tasteful, gentle looking, non-confrontational statue in Glendale CA is getting all kinds of indignant, wrathful letters from Japan. So it would seem that it IS having an impact, even though it is far away from the eyes of japan.

Well then. I guess they achieved their goal anyway. Good on them.

40 posted on 01/04/2014 5:05:13 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier

Yes..i think you are RIGHT! :-)


41 posted on 01/04/2014 5:06:31 PM PST by left that other site
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To: ErnBatavia

Yeah, ‘driving while black’ used to be all kinds of fun in L.A. back in the day. If the police departments in that county did half the stuff they used to, they’d be sued into the ground. If I could sue retroactively, I’d be set for life.


42 posted on 01/04/2014 5:09:02 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: House Atreides

They don’t look that old to me. This has been a long running battle and you can read a series of articles about it at the Glendale Newspress website. I


43 posted on 01/04/2014 5:14:48 PM PST by windcliff
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To: ErnBatavia
Weird....I grew up in Glendale and it was so lily-white in the 1950's

Is there a city left anywhere in the U.S. that stayed lily-white since the 50s?

44 posted on 01/04/2014 5:19:07 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: what's up

If the statue was privately funded, it can be wherever the people want it to be. That is what makes America great.

On the other hand, I would not want to see it publicly funded.


45 posted on 01/04/2014 5:28:22 PM PST by left that other site
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To: left that other site

Agree that there’s nothing illegal here. But the growing multiculturalism is not desirable.


46 posted on 01/04/2014 5:31:43 PM PST by what's up
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To: dragnet2
Is there a city left anywhere in the U.S. that stayed lily-white since the 50s?

Not even where wifey grew up -- central Minnesota --little Melrose, where Jennie-O does turkey processing -- is now considering putting bi-phocking-lingual street signs up.

47 posted on 01/04/2014 5:38:07 PM PST by ErnBatavia (The 0baMao Experiment: Abject Failure)
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To: what's up

Koreans are not a “problem” as re: multiculturalism.

Koreans love capitalism, small business ownership, many are Christians, and they are profoundly grateful to America.

They assimilate , love BBQ, have great food, and contribute to the fabric of America.

they do not demand that we speak Korean or support them, and have strong family values.

Unlike a lot of other groups (some of which were born right here in the USA), they do not believe that the taxpayers owe them a living.

I am in total agreement with you about “multiculturalism”, but Koreans are not the culprits.


48 posted on 01/04/2014 5:40:18 PM PST by left that other site
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To: left that other site

I like Koreans and am glad for their work ethic.

But I don’t really want to see too many more statues commemorating stuff that the US had nothing to do with. That gets us deeper into multiculturalism.


49 posted on 01/04/2014 5:46:45 PM PST by what's up
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To: what's up; KC_Lion

I can buy that. And I also like Koreans.


50 posted on 01/04/2014 5:47:25 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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