Monday, February 12, 2007

Sigur Center Event: Comfort Women

While I'm sure most of you will see this in your inbox, it's so directly relevant to what we've been discussing (and represents a truly rare opportunity) that I thought it worth posting here.

For those with some free time during the day:

Asia Policy Point and the Sigur Center present:

Title: The Experience of a World War Two "Comfort Woman": A DutchSurvivor Discusses Her Story

In the Sigur Center 's Lecture Series on Transnational Asia

Speaker: Jan Ruff O'Herne

Jan Ruff O'Herne was living in the Netherlands East Indies when the Japanese army invaded Java in 1942. Her female family members, along with thousands of other women and children, were interned in Ambarawa Prison camp. Two years later in 1944, when Jan was 21 years old, she was forcibly removed from the camp into a "comfort station" for the Japanese Imperial Army. In 1992, when three Korean comfort women spoke outpublicly for the first time, demanding an apology and compensation from Japan , Jan decided the time had come for her to speak out as well. She has spoken widely on her "comfort woman" experiences, and is the author of 50 Years of Silence. In September 2001, the Netherlands Government awarded her the Order van Oranje Nassau in recognition of her work as a spokeswoman about the plight of the "comfort women." She currently lives in Australia.

Date: Friday, February 16, 2007, 12:30-1:45 pm

Place: Lindner Family Commons, The Elliott School of InternationalAffairs, 6th Floor, 1957 E Street, NW

RSVP: Please RSVP with your name, organization/GW affiliation, ande-mail to by Thursday, February 15.

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