San Francisco is about to become the first major US city to honor and recognize more than 200,000 women and girls from 13 Asia-Pacific countries who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese military during World War II.
On Friday, the 10-foot-tall “Women’s Column of Strength” memorial will be unveiled in San Francisco’s Chinatown. It depicts three girls from China, Korea, and the Philippines standing on a pedastol holding hands. The late grandma Hak-soon Kim stands below them. She was the first woman who publicly spoke out in 1991.
The plaque’s inscription says, "This memorial is dedicated to the memory of these women and to eradicating sexual violence and sex trafficking throughout the world."
Julie Tang, co-chair of the Comfort Women Justice Coalition and former Judge for the Superior court of San Francisco
Judith Mirkinson, president of the Comfort Women Justice Coalition and national vice-president of the National Lawyer's Guild
Tiffany Hsiung, director of The Apology, a documentary about the 'comfort women'
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