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Revista Pilquen

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ALVAREZ, María del Pilar. Poscolonialismo y derechos humanos en el este de Asia. El caso de las ex esclavas sexuales de la armada imperial japonesa: de la prostitución forzada al feminismo humanitario. Rev. Pilquen. secc. cienc. soc. [online]. 2015, vol.18, n.1, pp.14-24. ISSN 1851-3123.

This article attempt to explore one of the most controversial postcolonial issues in East Asia: the case of former sex slaves of the Imperial Japanese Army. What was the system of the comfort woman? Who were the kidnapped women? Why did they silence their traumatic memories for so many years? Why has the Japanese government a negative attitude? Through a historical and political analysis, this work suggests that the internationalization of the conflict has shift the paradigm of cognition. The new Humanitarian feminism narrative repositions the claims in terms of gender (integrity of women) and Human Rights. From this perspective, the case study is included as other violations of women during war time, and the universalization of woman rights. The trasnationalization of the controversy revitalizes the ongoing struggle while suggesting new political challenges.

Keywords : Human rights; Comfort woman; Historical memory; Poscolonialism; East Asia.

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