A Gift of the Emperor
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.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
abalones Admiral Halsey alive American angry arms asked Auntie Myung Ayako birds blood boat Bushido cave Chin Soo Chosenjin comfort women cried crying dark dead door dying dysentery Emperor Emperor Hirohito everything eyes face Father Shimono feel felt floor girls grabbed Guadalcanal Haeju hand Haruko hate head heard House of Serenity Hyun island Isoroku Yamamoto Japa Japan Japanese soldier jumped jungle Kaiko kayagum kill kimchi knew Korean Koror Island Kuwana Kyung Hwa laughed live looked manager Miss Yamakawa Moon mother moved nese never night noise ocean officer okay Omma Palau Palau Island pilot remember Robert rock Sadamu Sariwon screamed Sergeant Asai ship shook shouted smile soon Soon-ah stared stood stopped Syngman Rhee talk tears tell thought tiny told took tree trying turned voice walked watched whispered whistle woman Wook worry yelled