Commonwealth National Podcast

Building a Memorial to the Comfort Women

Judge Lillian Sing, ret. Judge Julie Tang, ret. On International Women's Day, recently retired judges Lillian Sing and Julie Tang will present the history of the "comfort women," a euphemism for the sexual slavery of hundreds of thousands of women and girls (whose death rate during enslavement was 87 percent) by the Japanese imperial government in 13 Asia-Pacific countries from 1931 to 1945. This history will be memorialized in the soon-to-be-installed “Comfort Women” Memorial in San Francisco. Judges Sing and Tang will review the 20th century history of war-time atrocities against women and also touch on current efforts to fight against modern-day sexual slavery.
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