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Chinese Comfort Women
Testimonies from Imperial Japan's Sex Slaves
Peipei Qiu   Su Zhiliang   Chen Lifei  

$90.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 10/8/2013
ISBN: 9780774825443    

$32.95 Paperback
Release Date: 7/1/2014
ISBN: 9780774825450    

280 Pages

Contemporary Chinese Studies series


About the Book

Accountability and redress for Imperial Japanís wartime "comfort women" have provoked international debate in the past two decades. Yet there has been a dearth of first-hand accounts available in English from the women abducted and enslaved by the Japanese military in Mainland China -- the major theatre of the Asia-Pacific War.

Chinese Comfort Women features the personal stories of the survivors of this devastating system of sexual enslavement. Offering insight into the conditions of these womenís lives prior to and after the war, it points to the social, cultural, and political environments that prolonged their suffering. Through personal narratives from twelve Chinese "comfort station" survivors, this book reveals the unfathomable atrocities committed against women during the war and correlates the proliferation of "comfort stations" with the progression of Japanís military offensive. Drawing on investigative reports, local histories, and witness testimony, Chinese Comfort Women puts a human face on Chinaís war experience and on the injustices suffered by hundreds of thousands of Chinese women.

This book will be important reading for students and scholars of war crimes, history, Asian Studies, and Womenís Studies; it will also appeal to legal experts, human rights activists, scholars of oral history, and readers interested in the Second World War.

About the Author(s)

Peipei Qiu is Professor of Chinese and Japanese, Louise Boyd Dale and Alfred Lichtenstein Chair in Modern Languages, and Director of the Asian Studies Program at Vassar College. Su Zhiliang is Professor of History, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Communication, and Director of the Research Center for Chinese "Comfort Women" at Shanghai Normal University. Chen Lifei is Professor of Journalism, Chair of the Department of Publishing and Media Studies, and Deputy Director of the Center for Womenís Studies at Shanghai Normal University.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
List of Abbreviations

Part 1: The War Remembered

1 Japanís Aggressive War and the Military "Comfort Women" System
2 The Mass Abduction of Chinese Women
3 Different Types of Military "Comfort Stations" in China
4 Crimes Fostered by the "Comfort Women" System

Part 2: The Survivorsí Voices

5 Eastern Coastal Region
6 Warzones in Central and Northern China
7 Southern China Frontlines

Part 3: The Postwar Struggles

8 Wounds That Do Not Heal
9 The Redress Movement
10 Litigation on the Part of Chinese Survivors
11 International Support

Selected Bibliography


"This book is heart-rending and courageous. It gives voice, for the first time in English, to the Chinese women enslaved by the Japanese armies during the invasion and occupation of China. I finished it with a great respect for the victims whose stories are told here and for the historians who have brought them to light."

-- Diana Lary, author of The Chinese People at War: Human Suffering and Social Transformation, 1937-1945

"This work contributes significantly to the literature on 'comfort women' and on the question of violence against women in war, generally. The individual histories documented in this book are very moving, particularly because they include discussion, not only of the terrible ordeals undergone by these women during the war, but also of their family backgrounds before the war and of their experiences in later life."

-- Tessa Morris-Suzuki, author of Borderline Japan: Foreigners and Frontier Controls in the Postwar Era

"An impressive book, well-written and researched. It provides an excellent analysis of the scope, nature, and prevalence of comfort stations in China and documents the lived experiences of Chinese comfort women. This book expertly knits together a range of invaluable primary sources hitherto only available in Chinese, with secondary documentation in Japanese, Chinese, and English."

-- Nicola Henry, author of War and Rape: Law, Memory and Justice

Sample Chapter

Sample Chapter [PDF]

Related Topics

Asian Studies
Gender Studies
Women's Studies

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