Traveling ‘Comfort Women’ exhibit starts in SF
SAN FRANCISCO – A multimedia traveling exhibition on the history of “comfort women,” Japanese military sex slaves started September 16, the Education for Social Justice Foundation (ESJF) announced.
Organized by five nonprofits, and hosted by the Korean Council, it will take place at the historic Manilatown Heritage Foundation on 868 Kearney Street in San Francisco anduntil Saturday, September 22.
This exhibition will be held in nine cities across South Korea and in the United States. It is the first of its kind in the Bay Area. At the opening ceremony on September 16many untold stories were shared through
Among the exhibits are primary documents pertinent to “comfort women” history and issues; testimonies from Japanese soldiers, former military sex slaves, and the families of victims; and the Peace Statue, an art piece made to honor and remember “comfort women,” which has traveled from South Korea to San Francisco. This special statue garnered attention in Seoul, where it was seated on city buses on special occasions to educate and raise awareness.
Multilingual docent tours will take place on Monday (Korean and English) and Tuesday (Mandarin and English) from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and the exhibition is open to the public from 1 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. On Friday, the exhibition is open from 4 to 9 p.m.
Education for Social Justice Foundation’s mission is to provide education on past injustices relegated to the sidelines of history.