THIS PROJECT HONORS THE MEMORY OF 200,000 YOUNG WOMEN KNOWN AS "COMFORT WOMEN" WHO WERE SYSTEMATICALLY EXPLOITED AS SEX SLAVES IN ASIA DURING WWII, AND INCREASES AWARENESS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN DURING WARTIME. THE EVENT WAS ORGANIZED ON AN INDUSTRIAL SCALE, NOT SEEN BEFORE IN MODERN HISTORY, AND IS THE LARGEST INSTANCE OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN THE 20TH CENTURY, YET IT HAS GONE LARGELY UNACKNOWLEDGED.
18. Summary: China Research
Through Professor Zhilang Su who has been working on the Chinese “Comfort Women” issue since early 1990’s, I was able to visit the Comfort Women Museum in Shanghai which opened in 2007, and interviewed Wan Aihua *dayang, the first Chinese "Comfort Woman" to come forward in the 1990's. She is very tiny but, extremely outspoken.
Then, I visited two major former Military Comfort Stations including Dayi Salon, the first one ever in Asia, and Mei Mei Li. In Shanghai alone there were 158 comfort stations.