University of California, Riverside

UCR Newsroom

UCR Scholar to Host International Asian War Crimes Gathering

UCR Scholar to Host International Asian War Crimes Gathering

(November 19, 2001)

The news media are invited to cover a University of California, Riverside-organized Los Angeles conference about the crimes Japan committed in East Asia before and during World War II. The gathering is scheduled for Nov. 29 and 30 and is expected to feature scholars, authors and former war crimes victims from China, Japan, Korea and the US, said organizer Edward Chang, a professor of ethnic studies at UCR.

The two-day gathering, scheduled for the Radisson Wilshire Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, 3515 Wilshire Blvd., is open to the public. The UCR Department of Ethnic Studies, the Asian American Studies Center and Center for the Study of Women at UCLA sponsor the conference.

Scheduled features of the conference include testimony from war crimes victims, exhibits, movies and panel discussions involving scholars and authors. A photo exhibit running both days titled “Testimony to a Massacre,” by Holly Wong, tells the tale of the WWII-era comfort women – Korean girls and women pressed into sexual slavery by the Japanese military. Former comfort woman Ok Seon Lee will testify about her experiences.

Forced labor, state-sponsored terrorism in East Asia, sexual slavery and the comfort women system, war and opium policy, Japan’s post-war compensation litigation, and the democratization and reunification of Korea are topics of the conference. For Chang, the goal is to begin rewriting the history of 20th Century East Asia considering more of the perspectives of those affected.

The conference is significant to the development of Korean studies at UCR because it builds the body of knowledge and broadens the debate about what really has happened in the recent history of East Asia, said Chang. Such events shed light on the forces that have fed the global dispersion of Koreans, many of whom make their homes in Southern California. At about 600,000, the region has the largest population of Koreans outside of the Korean Peninsula, Chang added.

Please call media contacts Ricardo Duran or Kris Lovekin, (909) 787-2495, for more information about the conference.

International Conference on Japanese Crimes Against Humanity:

Sexual Slavery and Forced Labor

Schedule 2001

Wednesday, Nov. 28

6 p.m., Reception at the Museum of Tolerance

Nov. 29-30

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Photo exhibit: 'Testimony to a Massacre' by Holly Wong

Thursday, Nov. 29

9-10 a.m. Welcome Remarks: Edward T. Chang, UCR; Don Nakanishi, director, Asian American Studies Center, UCLA

Keynote address: Chin Sung Chung, Seoul National University, Korea

“The Issue of Sexual Slavery and Slave Labor at the ILO”

10-11:30 a.m. Presentations, Sexual Slavery

Moderator: Masako Ishii-Kunz, UCR

Hirofumi Hayashi, Kanto-Kaikan University, Japan

“The Structure of Japanese Imperial Government Involved in Military Comfort Women System”

Jeong Sook Kang, Korean Institute of the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan, Korea

“Comfort Women System in Japan: Government and Corporate Responsibilities”

Zhiliang Su, Shanghai Normal University, China

“The Chinese Comfort Women Research”

Ken Arimatsu, Japan

“The Changes of International Society on the ‘Comfort Women’ issues since 1991 – after the coming out of the survivors.”

Discussant: Lisa Yang of Lim, Ruger & Kim

11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Lunch

12:45-2p.m. Testimony by Victims

Moderator: Ailee Moon, UCLA

Ok Seon Lee, House of Sharing, Korea

Reverend Nyung Kwang, House of Sharing, Korea

2-3:30 p.m. Presentations, Forced Labor

Moderator: Ignatius Y. Ding

Yoshihiko Moriya, National Sasebo College of Technology, Japan

“The Responsibility of the Japanese Government and Companies for the Forced Transfer and the Forced Labor of Korean People During the World War II”

Min-Young Kim, Kunsan National University, Korea

“Transportation of Korean Forced Laborers during WWII”

Sang-Jin Hong, John Tsuchida, CSU Long Beach

“Fujikoshi and Hanaoka Case: Precedents or Aberration?”

Jong Moon Ha, HanShin University, Korea

“Mobilization of Slave Labor During WWII by Japan”

3:40-5 p.m. Presentations, State Terrorism in East Asia

Moderator: Marn Je Cha, CSU Fresno

Seung Suh, Ritsumeikan University, Japan

“On State-Sponsored Terrorism in East Asia: A Comparative Perspective”

Keun-Sik Jung, Chonnam University, Korea

“Divided Regime, Democratization and Reparation in Korea”

5:30-7 p.m. Reception

Co-hosted by the Department of Ethnic Studies at UCR and the Asian American Studies Center at UCLA

Friday, Nov. 30

9:30-11a.m. Presentations, International Law and Human Rights

Moderator: Tae Ung Baik, Notre Dame University Law School

Chang Rok Kim, Pusan University, Korea

“The 1965 Treaties between Korea and Japan and the Individual Rights of Korean Nationals Against Japan”

Hisashi Yano, Keio University, Japan

“Forced Labor: A Comparative Analysis of Japan and Germany”

Ivy Lee, Global Alliance and CSU, Sacramento

“Postwar Treaties and Individual Rights to Claim: The Case for Postwar

Compensation by Japan”

Barry Fisher, Human Rights Lawyer

“Japan’s Postwar Compensation Litigation”

11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Screening of “Silence Broken”

Dai-Sil Kim-Gibson, producer

12:30-2 p.m. Lunch

2-3:30 p.m. Presentations, War and Opium Policy

Moderator: Dai-Sil Kim-Gibson

Kang Park, Pusan University of Foreign Studies, Korea

“Japan’s Opium Policy in Northeast Asia”

Rumiko Nishino, writer, Japan

“Japanese Companies’ Involvement in ‘Comfort Women’ System: the case of 606 Drug and the Transportation of Comfort Women”

Miriam Silverberg, director, Center for the Study of Women, UCLA

“Voice of Japanese Soldier”

3:40-5 p.m. Closing Remarks

Speaker: Jean Chung, Chair of the Committee for the Historical Justice For WWII War Crimes

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

A broadcast studio with fiber cable to the AT&T Hollywood hub is available for live or taped interviews. UCR also has ISDN for radio interviews. To learn more, call (951) UCR-NEWS.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Media Relations
900 University Avenue
1156 Hinderaker Hall
Riverside, CA 92521

Tel: (951) 827-6397 (951) UCR-NEWS
Fax: (951) 827-5008

Related Links