Supes to Consider Support for “Comfort Women” Memorial

San Francisco supervisors will hear testimony Thursday on a resolution to create a memorial for “comfort women,” who were allegedly kidnapped and forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Army during World War II.

The resolution, introduced by Supervisor Eric Mar and co-sponsored by seven other supervisors, would urge city agencies to work with community groups in the design and creation of a memorial.

The proposal has drawn opposition from a number of Japanese community groups and individuals arguing that such a memorial would promote hatred toward the Japanese and promote divisions within the city’s Asian community, since many of the comfort women were Korean.

The Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee will consider the resolution Thursday at 2 p.m. It is expected to be referred to the full board for consideration at next Tuesday’s meeting.

Sara Gaiser, Bay City News

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  • Armchair Asia

    The “comfort women” were women, girls, and boys from all over Asia. Koreans were likely the majority of trafficked CW among who were from Japan, Taiwan, China, and Manchuria. The majority of the CW were either Chinese or Pacific Islanders. We do not know. No one felt it important at the time to count them. Japanese Americans should be the first to support this resolution. The Japanese women who were CW were generally girls of Kyushu, which is where most Japanese Americans originated. They forget why they came to the US–poverty in the late-19th century that forced families to sell their girls to brothels. The same oligarchs that impoverished the ancestors of today’s Japanese Americans executed a disastrous war and now are telling ridiculous lies about this war and its victims.