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Comfort Women

by Tanya Ko Hong

Volume 5, Number 6

 

For many years after the war, the Comfort Women kept silent about their treatment. The pain associated with their past contributed to keeping the subject taboo until 1991, when Had Soon Kim became the first woman to go public with her story. Although I grew up in South Korea, I never learned about the existence of the Comfort Women until I stumbled upon their stories, more recently. As I read and found out more about them, I couldn’t sleep and had nightmares. Finally, in 2013, I wrote a poem about their plight and the starkness of their existence with lines like, “Who can do one hundred men?”