‘Comfort women’ monument dedication and art exhibit on Aug. 4
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UNION CITY – The City of Union City, Mayor Brian Stack and the Board of Commissioners will hold a dedication ceremony for the city’s “Comfort Women” memorial on Monday, August 4 at 12 p.m. at Liberty Plaza, 30th St. and Palisade Ave.

Attending the dedication ceremony will be Mayor and State Senator Brian Stack and the Board of Commissioners, City Historian Gerard Karabin, City Art Curator Amado Mora, Artistic Director of the Union City Philharmonic Orchestra Jahye Kim, Artistic Director of West Hudson Opera John Jay Hebert, Artistic Director of The Grace Theatre Workshop Megan Fernandez, a guest speaker from Women Rising, and several other dignitaries. Very special guests will be Ok-Sun Lee and Il-Chul Kang, two ladies who survived this horrific time in history and who are flying from Korea for the ceremony.

The event will feature a haunting poetry reading by Cat J. Lane from the cast of the play “Comfort,” currently playing in New York City, as well as a performance by twelve-year old Subin Lee playing “Smetana-Moldau” on the harp.

Surrounding Liberty Plaza will be the memorable and thought-provoking art installation “Our Cry” by the Union City Artist Collective, featuring artists Amado Mora (Ecuador), Alma Peralta (Puerto Rico), Ines Berges (Dominican Republic), Juan Ramiro Torres (Peru), Ruth Alvarado (Costa Rica), Abby Levine (USA), Craig Radhuber (USA), Obdulio Romero Sabino (Dominican Republic), Sigfrido Duarte (Dominican Republic) Jhon Vargas (Ecuador), and Lucio Fernandez.

This is the biggest public art installation ever held in the City of Union City. Eleven artists from different countries all residing in Hudson County have come together to bring support and attention to human rights. The installation is curated by and is the brainchild of artist and Union City Commissioner Lucio Fernandez. Admission is free. Everyone is invited.

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August 08, 2014
Asahi Shimbun makes long-overdue corrections over ‘comfort women’ - The Japan News http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0001478078 … Yomiuri reported Asahi scandal. Asahi acknowledged that there was no evidence of forced round up of Korean and other Asian women by Japanese Military.

August 07, 2014
I am very confused because I found the following news.


It says that on August 6, 2014, the Asahi Shimbun, pro-Korean and liberal news paper in Japan, like New York Times, admitted to serious errors in many articles on the “comfort women” issue, retracting all stories going back decades that quoted a Japanese man who claimed he kidnapped about 200 Korean women and forced them to work at wartime Japanese military brothels. It means that as far as the present-day Korean Peninsula is concerned, the Asahi maintained that no hard evidence had been found to show the Japanese military was directly involved in recruiting women to the brothel system against their will.

Are this memorial based NOT on historical facts, but on political propaganda to bully Japan and the Japanese?

Anyway, the purpose of this memorial is for human rights of women. Union City should not be hypocrite, and should not turn their face away from the inconvenient truth, Korean comfort women enslaved by the US military 60 years ago. The Monument should engrave the phrase "We were the US military sex slave," for human rights of women, the very purpose of this memorial. Union City has many things to do before criticizing the other country’s past 70 years ago.

August 01, 2014
122 Korean women claimed that "we were the U.S. military comfort women", and sued the class action lawsuit on June 25, 2014.



If the issue is not a diplomatic one about history, but a human rights concern for the future of all nations, the memorial in the park should be used for commemorating Korean comfort women enslaved for US military too. The USA itself is very deeply committed to this Korean "comfort women" matter as an assailant of violence against women. The monument should engrave the phrase on the statue "We were the U.S. military sex slave too." The Union City should not be a hypocrite. All comfort women were the victims of human trafficking.

July 31, 2014
There were NO such a thing like `Comfort Women` during the war.

However, there were buch of prostitutes and pimps who followed Japanese Army anywhere they went to offer sexual services.

Sounds familiar?

Of course!

War and Sex are inseparable.

It is a part of human nature.

They were not sex slaves.

They were making a lot of money.

Shame on you, Union City city councils!

You guys care more for wartime Korean prostitutes from long ago than your residents?