A shameful aspect of World War II history that victimized thousands of Asian women is belatedly coming to light, despite denials from the Japanese government.
Evelina Galang, author of the novel One Tribe and the short story collection Her Wild American Self, explains that it was the latter book that led her, indirectly, into her current work with the surviving Comfort Women. After it became widely used in Asian Studies, curricula, Galang explains, she learned of a troubling statistic among her young readers.
In her research into the stories of the Comfort Women, Galang says she was shocked and appalled by what she found.
One of the few bright spots Galang has found as she became a high-profile advocate for these women was the successful effort to persuade the US House of Representatives to acknowledged their existence, and call for a formal apology from Japan. House Resolution 121 was passed in 2007, with 167 co-sponsors.
Evelina Galang will talk about her work with and on behalf the surviving Comfort Women on Saturday afternoon, June 23, 3-5 pm, at the Sitting Room in Penngrove. The event is hosted by the Filipino American National Historical Society of Sonoma County and the Filipino American Community of Sonoma County, Inc.