HILD 12 — Discussion

Week 4:

Direct action opposition always take a lot of strength and requires us to try and understand what is the direct or indirect causes that prompted such responses. Although the March 1st Declaration of Independence from Korea specifically mentioned that “we do not intend to accuse Japan of infidelity for its violation of various solemn treaty obligations…we shall not blame Japan, we must first blame ourselves”. It’s clear to see how eager Korean people wanted liberation for their people and land, to create their version of justice in where they reside. I think one of the biggest reasons for them to go into direct action is the language of this document, which I found very well-written and thought provoking. It turns the outrage inward and calls for Koren citizens to unite their strengths. I found the sentence I quoted before very interesting, I quote this again “we shall not blame Japan, we must first blame ourselves”. This quote very clearly stated an enemy for the Korean people. It’s always useful to create a sense of alliance with one single enemy to defeat. “we shall not blame Japan” is actually “we shall not FIRST blame Japan” because we don’t have that power yet. We need to first inspect ourselves and strengthen our nation so that we can blame Japan. I found this Declaration highly effective myself.

The later colonial dispossession, by colonial rules from imperialist like what we see in Taki Seihi’s fertilizing business may also further continued such direct actions.

Week 5:

As the lecture indicated, being labeled as highly susceptible to turn to Enemy at the time of war is a heavy load to carry and could lead to forced massive suicide from their own citizens. I don’t see how comfort women would be possibly treated worse regardless of how they are being perceived. It’s not like there could be a better way of life for a person labeled as “for comfort”. The entire concept of comfort women is so heinous.

But the stress of being suspected as spies definitely put even more stress on the Okinawans as evidenced by the horrific acts taken place at that time. For the ones who are still alive and are deprived of their own sense of belonging to their imperialist state, the existence of comfort stations gave them a release of pressure. I cannot imagine what was happening in those stations.