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Jinah Kim
California State University, Northridge (Northridge, CA 91330-0001)

Awards for Faculty
Research Programs

$42,500 (approved)
$42,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2021 – 6/30/2022

Against Forgetting: Memory, Care, and Feminist Arts across the Transpacific

Writing resulting in a book length study of Korean diasporic practices memorializing the “Comfort Woman” experience.

The NEH grant will allow me to finish writing my book, “Against Forgetting: Memory, Care, and Feminist Arts across the Transpacific" which focuses on how memorials and public memorializing threaten powerful systems of historical revisionism and silencing around the Comfort Women, nearly 200,000 young girls taken as sexual slaves by the Japanese military in the WWII era. In less than 9 years over 40 statues and memorials have been erected that commemorate Comfort Women history. I argue that artists and activists have positioned themselves as protectors of the Comfort Women and inheritors of their silenced history, activating a language of care.The transpacific aspect of this organizing is significant because the Korean diaspora in the US can intervene and enable the homeland to negotiate contested and painful histories.