Debating shusenjo-the main battlefield of the comfort women issue: Director miki dezaki in conversation with mark r. frost and edward vickers

Miki Dezaki, Mark R. Frost, Edward Vickers

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Abstract

This Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus special issue on “The Comfort Women as Public History” concludes with documentary filmmaker Miki Dezaki in conversation with Edward Vickers and Mark R. Frost. Dezaki’s film Shusenjo, released in 2018, examines the controversy over “comfort women” within Japan, as well as its implications for Korea-Japan relations. Dezaki, himself Japanese-American, also devotes considerable attention to the growing ramifications of this controversy within the United States, as an instance of the increasing international significance of the comfort women issue. In this discussion, he, Frost and Vickers reflect on the messages of the film, the experience of making and distributing it, and what this reveals about the difficulty-and importance-of doing public history in a manner that respects the complexity of the past.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5554
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalAsia-Pasific Journal: Japan Focus
Volume19
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • History
  • Cultural Studies

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