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In Session: Towards a Trans-Asian Understanding of Japanese Military Sexual Slavery: New Directions and Methodologies
3: Curating Japanese Military Sexual Slavery: Transnational Feminism and Women’s Museums in China
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
12:00pm – 1:30pm EDT
Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford University, United States
This presentation examines the tension between transnational feminism and patriarchal nationalism as reflected in the portrayal of Japanese military sexual slavery in one contemporary Chinese museum, the Nanjing Museum at the Site of Liji Alley "Comfort Station." Through its emphasis on gender-based violence, transnational solidarity, and human rights, the Liji Alley Museum refuses to represent "comfort women" as a mere symbol of racial and national oppression. By focusing exclusively on the issue of gender-based violence, museums represented by the Liji Alley Museum radically redefine the function of the museum, making an important intervention into contemporary feminist movements.