Comfort Woman: A Filipina's Story of Prostitution and Slavery Under the Japanese Military by Maria Rosa HensonComfort Woman: A Filipina's Story of Prostitution and Slavery Under the Japanese Military by Maria Rosa Henson

Comfort Woman: A Filipina's Story of Prostitution and Slavery Under the Japanese Military

byMaria Rosa Henson

Paperback | March 18, 1999

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From Comfort Woman: "We began the day with breakfast, after which we swept and cleaned our rooms. Then we went to the bathroom downstairs to wash the only dress we had and to bathe. The bathroom did not even have a door, so the soldiers watched us. We were all naked, and they laughed at us, especially me and the other young girl who did not have any pubic hair." "At two, the soldiers came. My work began, and I lay down as one by one the soldiers raped me. Everyday, anywhere from twelve to over twenty soldiers assaulted me. There were times when there were as many as thirty; they came to the garrison in truckloads." "I lay on the bed with my knees up and my feet on the mat, as if I were giving birth. Whenever the soldiers did not feel satisfied, they vented their anger on me. Every day, there were incidents of violence and humiliation. When the soldiers raped me, I felt like a pig. Sometimes they tied up my right leg with a waist band or a belt and hung it on a nail in the wall as they violated me." "I shook all over. I felt my blood turn white. I heard that there was a group called the Task Force on Filipino Comfort Women looking for women like me. I could not forget the words that blared out of the radio that day: 'Don't be ashamed, being a sex slave is not your fault. It is the responsibility of the Japanese Imperial Army. Stand up and fight for your rights.'" 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 guerrillas, 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 close for fifty years.
Maria Rosa Henson, 1928-1997, was one of thousands of Asian women forced into prostitution during World War II by the Japanese military. She told her story for the first time in the 1990s at the urging of the Task Force on Filipino Comfort Women. Yuki Tanaka is Research Professor at the Hiroshima Peace Institute of Hiroshima City Univ...
Title:Comfort Woman: A Filipina's Story of Prostitution and Slavery Under the Japanese MilitaryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:116 pages, 8.61 × 5.59 × 0.29 inPublished:March 18, 1999Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

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ISBN - 10:0847691497

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Table of Contents

Preface, Sheila Coronel Introduction, Yuki TanakaChapter 1 My Mother, Julia Chapter 2 My Childhood Chapter 3 The War Begins Chapter 4 Comfort Woman Chapter 5 Pain and Recovery Chapter 6 My Married Life Chapter 7 Single Mother Chapter 8 Going Public Chronology

Editorial Reviews

A compelling and moving account of one Filipina's ordeal under the Japanese military. It is also a story of survival, and of a lifelong quest for healing and for justice. Maria Rosa Henson deserves praise for her honesty and courage. By revealing to us her painful experiences, Mrs. Henson broke a fifty-year silence and made the world aware of the brutality of war and its savageness to women. We are greatly enriched by this story and inspired by how one woman can overcome such epic suffering and still have such compassion and such faith.