HistoriaSG: The Comfort Women of Singapore during the Japanese Occupation - A Dark Heritage Trail

During the Japanese Occupation of Singapore from 1942 to 1945, the Japanese military sexually enslaved hundreds of mainly Korean - but also Chinese, Indonesian and Malay - women in what were called "comfort stations" dotted across Singapore. Japanese women were also brought to Singapore as "hostesses" or prostitutes for high-ranking officers. The last-known living survivor of this mass sexual enslavement in Singapore is Kim Bok Dong, aged 93, who lives in Seoul. She most likely worked at a comfort station on Sentosa. Other sites of comfort stations include buildings still standing at Cairnhill Road, Jalan Jurong Kechil, Tanjong Katong Road and Teo Hong Road in Chinatown.

Memories of the experiences of comfort women in Singapore during the Japanese Occupation illustrate the contradictions in remembering women's experiences during war as transnational history. In this lecture, Prof Kevin Blackburn discusses the comfort women of Singapore in both history and memory, and offers insight into what has come to be called "dark heritage" sites of human suffering.

Please note the sensitive nature of the topic discussed in this lecture.
  • Venue was changed to "Gallery Theatre (Basement), National Museum of Singapore". Orig#409086 2019-02-13 02:06:46
Fri Feb 22, 2019
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM SGT
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Gallery Theatre (Basement), National Museum of Singapore
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