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In April 1943, fifteen-year-old Maria Rosa Henson was taken by Japanese soldiers occupying the Philippines and forced into prostitution as a "comfort woman." In this simply told yet powerfully moving autobiography, Rosa recalls her childhood as the illegitimate daughter of a wealthy landowner, her work for Huk guerillas, her wartime ordeal, and her marriage to a rebel leadIn April 1943, fifteen-year-old Maria Rosa Henson was taken by Japanese soldiers occupying the Philippines and forced into prostitution as a "comfort woman." In this simply told yet powerfully moving autobiography, Rosa recalls her childhood as the illegitimate daughter of a wealthy landowner, her work for Huk guerillas, her wartime ordeal, and her marriage to a rebel leader who left her to raise their children alone. Her triumph against all odds is embodied by her decision to go public with the secret she had held for fifty years....

Title : Comfort Woman: A Filipina's Story of Prostitution and Slavery Under the Japanese Military (Asian Voices)
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ISBN : 9780847691494
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 116 Pages
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Comfort Woman: A Filipina's Story of Prostitution and Slavery Under the Japanese Military (Asian Voices) Reviews

  • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
    2018-10-22 12:21

    Once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. The part about Maria Rosa's being a comfort woman for the Japanese occupied only one chapter. The chapters before that dealt with the circumstances of her birth and her life up until becoming a comfort woman. Maria was fortunate--if that term can be used--that her ordeal only lasted 9 months, unlike other women, who were forced into prostitution for years and moved around from country to country with the Japanese troops. The chapters after her ordeal recounted how it affected the rest of her life, including her marriage, her relationships with her children, and her outlook on life. In the end, however, a radio program on comfort women encouraged her to go public with her story, in a courageous effort to help other women. In doing this, she was able to heal herself somewhat (one never completely heals from something like this). It never ceases to amaze me how cruel men can be to women. Both Maria and Maria's mother, Julia, were given no choices as teenagers but to obey. I wonder how different Maria's life might have been had she been allowed to finish school and become the doctor she wanted to be. I feel fortunate that I was able to choose my own destiny! This book was written in 1999, and at that time the former comfort women had not been given any recompense by the Japanese government. I must try to find out if anything has happened since then.It also bothered me that people like Maria's family and Maria herself could live in such poverty working for rich landlords. The inequality and injustice tees me off. I hope it isn't still that way in the Philippines.If you don't know anything about the "comfort women" program, this is a good book with which to start. The introductory material provides a historical background, and points out that the purposes behind creating the program did not accomplish their goals. The memoir itself reads quickly--I read it all in one sitting. This would also be a good choice for inclusion in a course on human rights. Highly recommended!

  • Rebekah
    2018-11-07 07:59

    This was a very simply but powerfully written book about a woman who has faced some of the worst evils humanity has to offer. She survives, although certainly not intact. It is heart wrenching and is a reminder of what war, rape and poverty can do to human beings.

  • Galina Trefil
    2018-10-17 14:13

    Hensen's autobiography is the unintended story of a natural-born hero. Herself a child born of rape, she is fighting for her dignity from the first to the last page, but, at no point, does her astounding strength truly seem to truly falter, nor does her determination to establish her basic rights crack. To the contrary, for every hurdle she encounters, she comes back fighting. In reaction to childhood gang rape at the hands of the Japanese military, she joins up with the guerrillas trying to bring them down. If not for her year-long dedication to working for her people's freedom, this 15-year-old girl might never have been captured by the Japanese again and forced into horrendous sexual slavery. And even amidst the darkness of thousands of rapes, she still, risking her own life, manages to smuggle out the word of an impending attack and save the lives of countless Filipino civilians. Given her courage, fortitude, and resilience, the reader will wind up in no way surprised that Hensen was the first woman in her country to openly declare herself a "comfort woman" and demand the Japanese government make her amends. And, though she is dead, her curt, crisp wording and crude, but powerful drawings will leave that government in the shadow of an accusing finger until justice is done by their courts.

  • Bahia
    2018-11-04 10:14

    While not the most adroitly written, this compelling story tells of a Filipina woman's experiences during the war, her capture as a comfort woman, and how the spoke out later in life. Considering that Henson only received up to a 7th grade education, she clearly tells her story and leaves out none of the tragic details of her fate. I read this in almost one sitting, and while it was disturbing, I was really moved by her story and the strength she had to tell her story in order to try to gain some apologies and compensation from the Japanese. This book is still relevant today because many Japanese (such as Prime Minister Abe) do not want to acknowledge the realities of war much less apologize.

  • Amy
    2018-10-23 05:59

    This isn't the most well written memoir I've ever read but it is certainly compelling!

  • Sarah Crawford
    2018-11-16 12:26

    This is a true story. There's some introductory material on comfort women and then some past history about Maria Henson who turned 14 in 1941. She was first raped by a Japanese soldier on March 31, 1942. She went to work for some Filipinio guerrilla fighter group and during a mission was caught by the Japanese.She and her family had depended a lot on a rich guy to help provide them with money. Unfortunately, Maria had to have sex with the slime ball and this was before the Japanese soldiers got to her. She did end up getting married and had a great deal of trouble having sex because she kept having flashbacks of being raped by the Japanese soldiers. After the end of the war she had to work hard to put enough food on her table for her and her children and eventually reached a decision to go public with what happened to her as a comfort woman.One thing that is quite interesting is that the Japanese soldiers who raped the very large number of comfort women in various places never were punished. No one knows just how many individual soldiers were rapists and how many of those ended up being killed in the fighting, but there were probably still a good number that never answered for their crimes.I use the work multiple since it seems that comfort women would have to 'entertain' maybe ten to a dozen soldiers a day if not more than that. This scarred the women psychologically and sometimes even physically.It's an interesting book though somewhat difficult to read the descriptions without getting really upset.

  • Joshua Degreiff
    2018-11-12 06:22

    I'm happy she shared her thoughts and pains to the world who seek the truth about the atrocities did Japanese Imperial, At this moments Japanese government is not address their concerns about the atrocities committed during the WWII, was really heartbreaking book to read I can't say I enjoyed to read it. Highly recommended someone who wants to know some history in WWII.

  • April Laurio
    2018-10-25 06:07

    GOOD

  • Ar
    2018-11-11 12:57

    i don't know

  • Debra Taylor
    2018-10-16 06:08

    A heartbreaking story that needed to be told. The strength and courage of this woman astounds me.

  • Missy
    2018-10-31 14:04

    Tragic story but the Kindle version has terrible translation and editing!

  • Ashen Del prado
    2018-10-29 06:25

    to read