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

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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 ...more
Paperback, 116 pages
Published March 18th 1999 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (first published January 1st 1999)
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
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 afte ...more
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.
Apr 05, 2010 Amy rated it really liked it
This isn't the most well written memoir I've ever read but it is certainly compelling!
Sarah Crawford
Feb 01, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 07, 2014 Bahia rated it it was amazing
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 som ...more
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Feb 08, 2016 Joshua Degreiff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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