A Gift of the Emperor

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Spinsters Ink Books, Sep 1, 1997 - Fiction - 238 pages
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Fiction. Asian Studies. A poignant, fictional account of real-life atrocities inflicted upon approximately 200,000 Asian women during World War II. Narrated by Soon-ah, a Korean schoolgirl, whose world is shattered when Emperor Hirohito's soldiers abduct her from her village. She is shipped to a house of relaxation in the South Pacific, on an island of almost lyrical beauty, where she is forced into prostitution as a comfort woman to the Japanese military. The searing horrors of history come alive in stories that add flesh and blood to the dry bones of evidence and news reports. We cannot read her words without being made more compassionate and committed to peace -- Rita Nakashima Brock.

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