Museum on comfort women opens in Taipei

The first museum in Taiwan dedicated to comfort women opened in Taipei last weekend after a decade of controversy. The Ama Museum is dedicated to preserving the stories of former Taiwanese sex slaves of the Japanese Imperial Army and making sure that
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The first museum in Taiwan dedicated to comfort women opened in Taipei last weekend after a decade of controversy. The Ama Museum is dedicated to preserving the stories of former Taiwanese sex slaves of the Japanese Imperial Army and making sure that chapter in history is not forgotten. The driving force behind the project is the Taipei Women's Rescue Foundation, Central News Agency reported. The museum was so named because surviving comfort women are now in their 90s and are affectionately called "Ama", or "granny". It features a permanent exhibition of photos, documents and videos related to Taiwanese comfort women, the report said. It will also be used as a venue for workshops and seminars on topics such as human rights, according to the foundation. Ms Chen Lien-hua (at left) from Taiwan, who was a comfort woman, was among those who attended the opening on Dec 10, which was World Human Rights Day. Also present were advocates from Japan, South Korea and the United States.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 13, 2016, with the headline 'Museum on comfort women opens in Taipei'. Print Edition | Subscribe