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Hearts of Pine
Author: Joshua J. D. Pilzer

ISBN: 9780199759576
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 191
Published: 22 March 2012
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4 x 1.45
Description:
In the wake of the wartime experience of sexual slavery for the Japanese military during the Asia-Pacific War (1930-45), Korean survivors lived under great pressure not to speak about what had happened to them. These sexual slaves were known as "comfort women," and this book brings us into the lives of three of them : Pak Duri, Mun Pilgi, and Bae Chunhui.

Over the course of seven years, author Joshua Pilzer worked with these now-elderly women, living alongside of them, smoking with them, eating with them, singing and playing with them, documenting and trying to understand their worlds of song. Hearts of Pine focuses on the selves and social lives that these three women cultivated through song. During four decades of post-war public secrecy about the comfort women system, song served for these women as both a private and a public means of coping with their trauma - each used song in a different way to reckon with their experiences and to forge a new sense of self.

In the 1990s a nationalist movement arose in South Korea to seek redress from the Japanese government and to tend to the previously-shunned comfort women survivors in their old a...

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