Speaking Of Asia

Letting Asia's bygones be bygones

Seven decades after some of the continent's great upheavals, it is time perhaps to bury bitter memories, not revive them.

One of the most poignant moments in my professional career came when I dropped in at the House of Sharing in Gwangju city, an hour's journey from Seoul, to meet a few of the surviving "comfort women" of South Korea.

There were fewer than half a dozen or so at the home, all tended to with a love and care denied to them during the years that Imperial Japan's occupying forces abducted them, just before and during World War II, for sexual slavery.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 26, 2021, with the headline 'Letting Asia's bygones be bygones'. Subscribe