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Despite ificant opposition both overseas and locally, the City Council Tuesday approved a 1,pound monument honoring Korean women taken as sex slaves by the Japanese army during World War II. Glendale has become the latest American city to set the scene for a decades-old controversy between some Japanese who deny their army abducted up towomen from Korea, China and other countries as sex slaves and Koreans who want to raise awareness of the human rights violations. Last year, a Japanese delegation came to New Jersey to request a monument in Palisades Park be removed, sparking a desire among Korean-American groups to erect even more memorials.
Surviving comfort women often protest at the monument, which features a young woman in a traditional Korean dress with a bird on her shoulder sitting next to an empty chair. A group of activists who believe the women willingly worked as prostitutes — although that assertion has been denounced by Japanese political officials and historians — has been coordinating a letter-writing campaign against the memorial.
It began as a trickle, but transformed into a tsunami this week. Mayor Dave Weaver said he received s opposing the monument, all appearing to come from Japanese individuals.
Then on Tuesday, about people packed the council chambers. They denied that the Japanese military coerced women into sexual servitude and said a U. Many were disappointed when the council voted for the monument that will be placed in Central Park. Weaver opposed it because he wants a master plan for the park before any statues are erected.
Councilman Zareh Sinanyan said rather than changing his mind, the letter writers and speakers strengthened his resolve to vote for the monument, comparing the sex slavery deniers to those why deny the Armenian genocide. It was not to do any of that.
They want an official government resolution. Councilman Frank Quintero, who has visited comfort women in Korea, said he was disappointed by what he heard from opponents in the council chambers.
The monument is set to be unveiled later this month, with a goal being July 30, which was officially declared Korean Comfort Women Day in Glendale last year. Life and Arts. Contact the Glendale News-Press.
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