WWII BOOKS (THE PACIFIC ARENA)
Troubled Apologies Among Japan, Korea, and the United States: Alexis Dudden: apologizing for history has become a standard feature of the international political scene. When governments apologize for past crimes, they take away the substance of apology that victims originally wanted for themselves...rob victims of the dignity they seek while affording the state a new means with which to legitimize itself
In this revelatory study, C. Sarah Soh provocatively disputes simplistic views and accusations revealing that the forces of Japanese colonialism and Korean patriarchy together shaped the fate of Korean comfort women—a double bind made strikingly apparent in the cases of women cast into sexual slavery after fleeing abuse at home. Other victims were press-ganged into prostitution, sometimes with the help of Korean procurers.