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Telling The Story of Comfort Women Through Song

During a rehearsal for the musical off-Broadway production Comfort Women, Korean women forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese army are taken to Indonesia. Andrew Cullen for LAist
During a rehearsal for the musical off-Broadway production Comfort Women, Korean women forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese army are taken to Indonesia. Andrew Cullen for LAist
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World War II ended nearly 75 years ago. But the memory of what happened to tens of thousands of Korean women during the war is still raw for many. "Comfort women," as they were euphemistically called, were forced to work at brothels serving the Japanese military.

In California, members of the large Korean American community have tried to honor the women with monuments and lobbied to have them mentioned in textbooks. But now there's another effort: putting on a musical about them.