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New statue dedicated in honor of S. Korean 'comfort women'
UPI ^ | January 18, 2014

Posted on 01/18/2014 12:17:02 PM PST by ConservativeStatement

SEOUL, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Organizers say a newly dedicated statue in Seoul honoring Korean women forced into sexual slavery during World War II is "an alarm bell" for future generations.

"The Girl Statue for Peace" is outside the Geoje Arts Center, Yonhap news agency reported Friday. The statue in the coastal city 300 miles south of Seoul shows a young woman standing next to an empty chair.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: japan; korea; prostitution; slavery; statue; women; ww2

1 posted on 01/18/2014 12:17:03 PM PST by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement

Some really evil things happened during that time.


2 posted on 01/18/2014 12:22:27 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: ConservativeStatement
Statue last Long Time.
3 posted on 01/18/2014 12:23:03 PM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I think it’s good that these women, who were forced to accommodate the enemy, are now receiving some sort of public tribute. I also think a dignified plague with script and scrolls would be a more appropriate way to do show respect, vs a statue. I can only imagine some of the suggested designs.


4 posted on 01/18/2014 12:23:44 PM PST by lee martell
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To: lee martell

Why do you think the South Koreans are going to suggest some kind of profane statue?


5 posted on 01/18/2014 12:28:01 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

The Empty Chair lives on!


6 posted on 01/18/2014 12:28:32 PM PST by Rio (Proud resident of the State of Jefferson)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

So women being forced into sexual slavery is a joking matter for you?


7 posted on 01/18/2014 12:30:09 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

Guess I should have read the story huh? Sorry long time.


8 posted on 01/18/2014 12:33:39 PM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: lee martell
The statue in the coastal city 300 miles south of Seoul shows a young woman standing next to an empty chair.
9 posted on 01/18/2014 12:34:09 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

In 1982 in the Philippines, and again in 1984 in South Korea I was approached by elderly couples who wanted to speak of what the Japanese had done. I had read a lot about the third Reich and had a fairly extensive (I thought) section on the second World War in my library, but the things they were saying were new to me then. The behavior of Imperial Japan wasn’t taught much in the schools even back in the seventies. These people were still broken. They wanted this to be remembered.

Something about me seemed to attract them. At any rate, Iris Chang’s book “The Rape Of Nanking” pretty much matches the stories I heard.

I know an old China Marine who was an advisor already in China at the start of the war. He says that this stuff was not ubiquitous and that some Japanese commands endorsed and promoted it, whilst others did not.

It should be remembered. On the other hand, the generation that perpetrated this has largely passed away.


10 posted on 01/18/2014 12:34:12 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: driftdiver

They don’t hide their history like the Japanese try to


11 posted on 01/18/2014 12:37:18 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: MrEdd

I spoke with people who experienced it. Some really tragic stories.


12 posted on 01/18/2014 12:37:31 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: trisham

The subtle approach. That’s appropriate. I’m the one thinking of all these bizarre images having to do with French Maid uniforms, not them.


13 posted on 01/18/2014 12:37:56 PM PST by lee martell
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To: driftdiver

Sorry I was not more serious.


14 posted on 01/18/2014 12:39:24 PM PST by lee martell
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To: GeronL

Some women were just taken, some were lured away with promises of a job and money for their families.

Most were forced to service 100-150 Japanese men a day. If they got pregnant or caught a disease they were shot. Many times by raping them with the rifle and then pulling the trigger.


15 posted on 01/18/2014 12:40:11 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

Koreans were pretty much all forced to work for Japan. Millions were put to work in factories in Japan, many were sent to Manchuria to work as guards against the Chinese prisoners. With sticks, not guns, mind you.

Frustrated Korean slaves apparently went off on the Chinese more than once, since they couldn’t take it out on the Japanese. The Chinese called them “Korean Sticks”.


16 posted on 01/18/2014 12:44:56 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: ConservativeStatement

17 posted on 01/18/2014 12:46:13 PM PST by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Popman

18 posted on 01/18/2014 12:50:44 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: lee martell
a dignified plague?

Really?

19 posted on 01/18/2014 12:55:30 PM PST by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Doubt that the Japanese PM will be visiting this shrine?


20 posted on 01/18/2014 1:25:21 PM PST by DFG ("Dumb, Dependent, and Democrat is no way to go through life" - Louie Gohmert (R-TX))
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To: GeronL

I knew an old guy who cleaned the air traffic tower. He had been on one of those crews. The Korean supervisor got himself shot. The Japanese assigned who refused the job. They shot him and gave it to the guy I knew. He accepted the job and stick.

A slightly different perspective.


21 posted on 01/18/2014 1:49:16 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

Wow. Yes, the Japanese were brutal, it’s hardly a wonder the Japanese wouldn’t teach this in their schools


22 posted on 01/18/2014 1:54:38 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: ConservativeStatement

And Japanese war vets are lining up to see it.


23 posted on 01/18/2014 2:04:56 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: MrEdd

“On the other hand, the generation that perpetrated this has largely passed away.”

And good riddance to them.


24 posted on 01/18/2014 3:15:43 PM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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