Rape Warfare: The Hidden Genocide in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia
Allen, Beverly. 1996.
Casting Stones: Prostitution and Liberation in Asia and the United States
Brock, Rita Nakashima and Susan Brooke Thistlethwaite. 1996.
Feminist theologians offer an exposé of the global sex industry and analyze Christian and Buddhist traditions that have legitimized it. They make connections with militarism, law, and economics, and offer strategies for solidarity and change.
Halfway through the Circle: The Lives of Eight Filipino Women Survivors of Prostitution and Trafficking
Caagusan, Flor (Ed.). 1998.
This is a project of the Women’s Education, Development, Productivity and Research Organization (WEDPRO), Philippines. Eight women tell their stories of exploitation and human rights violations as they move toward healing, completion, and wholeness.
Comfort Woman: A Filipina’s Story of Prostitution and Slavery under the Japanese Military
Henson, Maria Rosa. 1999.
The Comfort Women
Hicks, George. 1994. Using women’s testimonies and historical research, this is a moving account of the experiences of “comfort women” from China, Indonesia, Korea, and the Philippines. It also explores attitudes of Japanese people and successive governments to questions of responsibility, apology, and reparations.
Questions and Issues on Prostitution: What We Need to Know Hofmann, Cecelia. 1999.Metro Manila: Coalition Against Trafficking in Women-Asia Pacific.
True Stories of the Korean Comfort Women: Testimonies
Howard, Keith. (Ed.). 1995.
Silence Broken: Korean Comfort Women Kim-Gibson, Dai Sil. 1999.
A harrowing account of the lives of women forced into prostitution by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. The Korean-born author first heard some of these stories when asked to interpret for former “comfort women” at international conferences. The book weaves oral histories, historical explanation, and the author’s thoughts and feelings as a Korean woman living in the United States. See the movie of the same name.
Sex among Allies: Military Prostitution in U.S.-Korea Relations.
Moon, Katharine. 1997.
Written by a political scientist, this book explains how US and Korean authorities have institutionalized military prostitution in South Korea.
Common Grounds: Violence against Women in War and Armed Conflict Situations.
Sajor, Indai Lourdes (Ed.). 1998. Asian Center for Women’s Human Rights.
A compilation of reports made to the International Conference on Violence Against Women in War and Armed Conflict Situations, Tokyo, 2000.It includes general essays and accounts of women’s experiences in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Taiwan and Vietnam.
Legacies of the Comfort Women of World War II.
Stetz, Margaret, and Bonnie B.C. Oh (Eds.). 2001.
Mass Rape: The War against Women in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Stiglmayer, Alexandra (Ed.). 1994
Let the Good Times Roll: Prostitution and the U.S. Military in Asia.
Sturdevant, Saundra and Brenda Stolzfus. 1992.New Press: New York.
This is an excellent introduction to this issue with detailed first-person narratives told by bar women from the Philippines, Okinawa, and South Korea, and compelling photos of their daily lives. Additional essays by scholars and activists analyze the wider context of US militarism and imperialism.
Canadian Woman Studies
Takazato, Suzuyo. 2000. Report from Okinawa: Long Term Military Presence and Violence against Women.(19)4: 42-47.
This important article by a long-time Okinawan activist is based on her report to the International Conference on Violence Against Women in War and Armed Conflict Situations, Tokyo, 2000. Itdetails military violence against Okinawan women and girls, starting in 1945.
Japan’s Comfort Women: Sexual Slavery and Prostitution during World War II and the U.S. Occupation
Tanaka, Yuki. 2002.London & New York: Routledge.
The Women of Mapanique: Untold Crimes of War Sajor, Indai Lourdes. 2000. Asian Center for Women’s Human Rights.
This account tells of the terrible ordeal of young women and girls in a Philippine village who were raped by soldiers of the Japanese Imperial Army on November 23, 1944 as they marched through the region. The book includes memoirs, testimonies, historical information, portraits of survivors, and information on their recent organizing work as the Malaya Lolas.
Sexual Violence Against Women and Girls in War and Its Aftermath: Realities, Responses, and Required Resource.
Ward, Jeanne and Mendy Marsh. (2006).
Halfway through the Circle: The Lives of Eight Filipino Women Survivors of Prostitution and Trafficking. WEDPRO. 1998.
Comfort Women: Sexual Slavery in the Japanese Military During World War II
Yoshimi, Yoshiaki. 2000.(Asia Perspectives). New York: Columbia University Press.
Breaking the History of Silence: The Women’s International War Crimes Tribunal on Japan’s Military Sexual Slavery. 2001. Video produced by Video Juku & VAWW-NET Japan.
Camp Arirang. (Grace Y. K. Lee & Diana S. Lee). Women’s Lives in GI Towns in South Korea. Video. Women Make Movies, New York.
Silence Broken: Korean Comfort Women.
2000. Video written, directed, produced by Dai Sil Kim-Gibson. NAATA Distribution, San Francisco.