Telling the Story of the Comfort Women

Thomas J. Ward and William D. Lay • Mar 18 2019 • Articles
By telling the story of the comfort women and identifying all responsible parties, a future world can be built where all women will experience dignity and respect.

The Competing Narratives of Statue Politics

Thomas J. Ward and William D. Lay • Feb 24 2019 • Articles
Evidence is manifest that many tens of thousands of Korean women were deceptively recruited or forced into sexual servitude in the years leading up to and throughout WWII.

Introducing ‘Park Statue Politics’

Thomas J. Ward and William D. Lay • Feb 21 2019 • Articles
This book explains, critiques, and expands on the narratives regarding the memorials erected in the US to honor female victims of the comfort women system established by the Japanese military from 1937 to 1945.

Key Mileposts and Actors in Settling the Comfort Women Impasse

Thomas J. Ward and William D. Lay • Feb 10 2019 • Articles
Bilateral relations reached an impasse after the impeachment of Park Geun-hye in 2017, unsettling further progress with Japan.

A Unified Korea: Good for All (Except Japan)

Strobe Driver • Feb 10 2019 • Articles
If the Koreas gain greater harmony they may focus more overtly on Japan’s past deeds and its present ambitions, directly impacting upon Japan’s ‘middle power‘ status.

Establishing a Comfort Women Memorial in the US or Europe

Thomas J. Ward and William D. Lay • Jan 30 2019 • Articles
The US is culpable in this issue because of its use of the comfort women system and because of U.S. forces' continued use of a prostitution network across Korea and Japan.

Steps Toward Redress for Comfort Women

Thomas J. Ward and William D. Lay • Dec 30 2018 • Articles
For decades, the comfort women remained in the shadows because of the deep shame and guilt that they felt as a result of their experiences at the hands of Imperial Japan during the Second World War.

The Origins and Implementation of the Comfort Women System

Thomas J. Ward and William D. Lay • Dec 14 2018 • Articles
A Korean woman or girl who responded to an ad for work rarely had any idea of what awaited her when she arrived at a military camp in the Pacific War theater.

The Pros and Cons of Comfort Women Park Statues

Thomas J. Ward and William D. Lay • Dec 7 2018 • Articles
At least a dozen memorials have been established in the United States with a few more remaining in mothballs, waiting for a home in a park or in some other venue.

Interview – Virginie Grzelczyk

E-International Relations • Nov 15 2018 • Features
Virginie Grzelczyk discusses North Korea's status as a nuclear power, the ways in which they are "mainstreaming", and their relationship with South Korea and the US.

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