Find out more about the comfort women, their history, and their legacy from the resources below. This is a list of English language books, videos, articles, and movies that I found to be extremely valuable in the research phase of my project. At the bottom is a list of organizations that promote awareness of the comfort women and seek justice for them. You can contact me for information on Chinese language resources.
Wikipedia Article, overview
Financial Times article, 2015
Jan Ruff O’Herne, one of the most outspoken English-speaking survivors and activists
The Forgotten Ones, 2001 transcript of interview with Jan Ruff O’Herne and her daughters, Carol Ruff and Eileen Mitton
Archival Footage from US National Archives, filmed in 1944, 18-second video. This is the only video footage known to exist of the women. Taken by a US soldier in Yunnan. The girls in the video are Korean.
The Australian Story news segment, 2007, story on Jan
Chinese Comfort Women: Testimonies from Imperial Japan’s Sex Slaves (Contemporary Chinese Studies) 2016, PeiPei Qiu with Su Chiliang and Chen LiFei. Contains translated interviews from Chinese survivors.
Fifty Years of Silence, Documentary Film, 1994, English - about Jan Ruff O’Herne
The Apology, Documentary Film, 2016, English with subtitles - about three survivor’s lives
Twenty-Two, Documentary Film, 2015, Chinese with subtitles - about the 22 remaining Chinese survivors (at the time of filming; many have passed since then).
This museum was the starting point of my fieldwork, and I spoke with Su Zhiliang at length in Shanghai and shortly thereafter in NYC about the museum, the women, and ongoing efforts in outreach, support, justice, and educational. This is the leading research center in the world on this topic.
Comfort Women Issue Research Center at Shanghai Normal University (China) run by Su Zhiliang