PLEASE READ THIS POST
See this statue? It’s located at the Glendale Central Library.
Big deal right? Yes. Yes it is.
She stands here today as a memorial for the victims of the sexual slavery and abuse committed by the Japanese imperial military during WWII. Right now, Japan is running a petition to take her down.
We cannot let this happen.
Every Wednesday, the women of Korea that were used as sexual slaves protest and cry out. However, Japan refuses to acknowledge their suffering. There have been no apologies and no recognition.
Please, please don’t let them get rid of her. Their pain deserves to be recognized and sympathized.
Luckily, There is a petition going on to save the girl and allow her to continue standing in Glendale CL. The link can be found here and you can read more about everything that she stands for here.
Thank you so much for reading this. Even if you can’t sign this, please signal boost so other people will.
[[A big thank you to tumblr user did-we-just-marry-thedevil for bringing this to my attention]]
If this statue is taken down, we are erasing the memories and pain of the thousands of Korean (and Chinese) sex slaves during WWII. As a Korean female myself, this is even more disheartening.
Please signal boost.
"The news that the statue was installed made a big noise in Japan," Nishida said, as it describes the women as sex slaves. "That hurts Japan’s honor."
Glendale erected the roughly $30,000 statue, which was paid for by Korean groups, in July, and a wave of controversy followed. City officials received thousands of letters from Japanese nationals and Japanese Americans opposing the statue.
Fuck every single person opposing this statue, and Mio Sugita, Yuzuru Nishida,and Hiromu Nakamaru in particular.
It hurts Japan’s honor???? FUCKING SERIOUSLY??? What about the up to two hundred thousand women across Asia who were forced into sexual slavery, what of their honor??? What of my 이모할머니, stolen away as a young woman, who survived and wrote to tell her family as such but refused to let them know her location or ever see them again from her shame? Who my great-grandparents were never able to locate, whose grave we can never visit?
I have just had fucking enough of Japan’s- I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT TO CALL IT. WORDS AREN’T STRONG ENOUGH.
I mean, here you have Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto saying that women who were forced to serve as sex slaves for Japanese troops during World War II were necessary.
""When bullets are flying like rain and wind, the soldiers are running around at the risk of losing their lives. If you want them to have a rest in such a situation, a comfort women system is necessary," Hashimoto said. "Anyone can understand that." "
How do you have in the same statement a Japanese official saying “his historical research has revealed that the Japanese Imperial Army was not the only one to use sex slaves.” (MEANING THAT THEY DID INDEED USE SEX SLAVES) and then with the same breath say “there is no proof that the women were abducted and forced into sexual slavery.”
YOUR LOGIC IS FAULTY, JAPAN.
AND THEN, FUCKING THIS. “[He] added it is “problematic” that Japan is being viewed negatively due to what he called “propaganda” by Korea and other countries.”
(Ahahaha and then there’s this gem: Last month, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seemed to question whether Japan was the aggressor during the war, saying the definition of “invasion” was relative.)
It’s not like Japanese soldiers haven’t admitted to the atrocities, or that there isn’t documented evidence since Japan kept obsessive records of everything,
Ugh. I’m so pissed off I’m shaking.
I’ll just end with this quote from peaceshannon:
"Finally, I want to say of the estimated 200,000 women who were forced to work as sex slaves in “comfort stations” during WWII, approximately 150,000 were Korean women but only 234 South Korean registered officially as survivors.
Of those 234, only 63 are still living. Japan must resolve this issue, but they are literally hoping that the issue will die away with the Halmonis.”