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    The Cruel History of Comfort Women, in a Poet’s Eyes

    Emily Jungmin Yoon’s collection of poetry, A Cruelty Special to Our Species, recounts the painful history of 80,000-200,000 women from Korea, Taiwan, China and Southeast Asia. Kept as sex slaves by the Japanese army during World War II, these women have kept silent from shame perpetuated by their societies. Adopting their voices, the book explores gendered violence, diplomatic tensions, facing the past, and human cruelty. One victim’s voice says she doesn’t hate the Japanese — who continue to deny forcing the women — “I hate men and I hate sex.”

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