Comfort Woman: A Filipina's Story of Prostitution and Slavery under the Japanese Military (Asian Voices)
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.O OAt two, t...more
Kindle Edition, 128 pages
(first published January 1st 1999)
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Jun 23, 2010 Krista the Krazy Kataloguer rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
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
Dec 01, 2009 Rebekah rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
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.
Feb 07, 2014 Bahia rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
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