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Comfort Women ActivismCritical Voices from the Perpetrator State$
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Eika Tai

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9789888528455

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888528455.001.0001

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Activists in the Perpetrator State

Activists in the Perpetrator State

(p.3) 1 Activists in the Perpetrator State
Comfort Women Activism

Eika Tai

Hong Kong University Press

The chapter gives an overview of the book, providing a general description of the comfort women issue and discussing theoretical orientation, methodology, and terminological considerations. I conceived the idea of doing research on the comfort women movement with a focus on activist narratives after speaking with several activists in 2014. The abstract image I had held about the movement was turned into a web of face-to-face interpersonal relationships rich in affection. As I continued to meet activists with diverse backgrounds in the following years, I decided to present what activists told me as individual narratives. Their stories were full of transformative moments and laden with personal feelings, resisting simple characterization.

Keywords:   fieldwork, activists, narratives, terminology

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