Asian Americans Remember the "Comfort Women"


By David Ka Wai Pan

San Francisco, CA--On Friday, September 18th 2015, Yongsoo Lee, affectionally known as "Grandma Lee," shared her experiences  as  a "comfort woman"  with students at a panel discussion titled, "Asian Amercian remember the Comfort Women" at the J. Paul Leonard Library.  Lee was one of three survivors who testified before the U.S. Congress Committee on Foreign Affairs, subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment in 2007, which led to passage of House Resolution 121 that called on the government of Japan to formally acknowledge, apologize and accept historical responsibility for the acts. 

Joining Grandma Lee were Julie Tang and Lillian Sing, two recently retired judges of Chinese American descent who are now advocates for a Comfort Women monument in San Francisco. In addition to sharing their grassroots movement, they discussed the importance of remembering Grandma Lee's stories.  Accompanying Grandma Lee was also Phyllis Kim of the Korean American Forum of California.

The event ended with a Q&A session, followed by a group photo.  

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