Public Discussion on the Proposed Comfort Women Peace Statue

May 25, 2016

Public Discussion on the Proposed Comfort Women Peace Statue
5-7pm, Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Room 2245 (McCarthy Tetrault Lecture Room)
SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

The event is open to the public but registration is required.
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Organized by the Institute For Transpacific Cultural Research (ITCR)
Co-sponsored by the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, Department of English, and the J.S. Woodsworth Chair in the Humanities

As discussions around the proposed commemoration of the Korean comfort women are an opportunity to explore the relations between struggles for justice for women in Asia and in Metro Vancouver and beyond, we hope to expand our current network of individuals interested in finding this statue a permanent home. We see the vital importance of including a broad cross-section of interested and affected women’s organizations and communities, and hope that you will consider joining us for these community consultations.   

The evening will feature three keynote speakers, Jane Shin (MLA for Burnaby-Lougheed), Heather Evans (Women’s Human Rights Education Institute), and Satoko Norimatsu (Editor, The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus), who will speak to the current situation regarding the proposed placement of the statue and the political, legal, and ethical dimensions of this issue from their various perspectives. This will be followed by an open discussion to explore what options might be available and how the process of finding a suitable permanent location for the statue might proceed. Dr. Helen Leung (Assoc. Prof. of SFU Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies & Co-director of ITCR ) will chair the session. We also hope to screen a trailer for the new film The Apology that will launch in the fall.

For further information about the event, please contact Christine Kim at <>.