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Hearts of Pine: Songs in the Lives of Three Korean Survivors of the Japanese "Comfort Women"

Joshua D. Pilzer


In the wake of the system of sexual slavery for the Japanese military during the Asia-Pacific War (1930-45), survivors in South Korea lived under great pressure not to speak about what had happened to them, although rumors of the so-called “comfort women” system circulated throughout society. Many of these women reckoned with their experiences and forged senses of self within the opacity of song, which allowed them to express themselves precisely without explicitly divulging their pasts. In the process, they created identities and social worlds from available cultural materials. As they sang, ... More

Keywords: Korean music, sexual violence, traumatic experience, healing, public culture, song and social life, “comfort women” system, survivors

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199759569
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759569.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joshua D. Pilzer, author
University of Toronto