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Feeling Geopolitics: Transnational Solidarity Efforts to Seek Redress for Survivors of War Violence
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University of Washington, United States
This project investigates a rather contentious component of the transnational solidarity work of the "comfort women" movement in South Korea, a movement seeking redress for Korean survivors of wartime sexual slavery. Stirring intense controversy within Korea, since 2013, the "comfort women" movement started expressing solidarity with survivors of massacres and gender-based violence perpetrated by Korean soldiers during the VietNam War. This project pays attention to this rather bold development in the "comfort women" movement. It focuses on a particularly striking initiative called the ‘VietNam Butterfly Peace Trips.’ Every year, activists and allies of the "comfort women" movement visit sites of memorialization and meet Vietnamese survivors of VietNam War atrocities. These trips are intended to invoke learning and alternative future imaginings through characteristically emotional experiences. Given the centrality of emotions, I draw on feminist geopolitics, transnational feminism, and emotional scholarship to explore the limits and potential of emotions to challenge the undergirding logics that thwart the VietNam War redress movement and its solidarity with the "comfort women" movement. I argue that emotions propel people into action and critical reflection, but require intentional processing and tangible follow-up actions to culminate into sustained solidarity.