Two new books written by Japanese authors on Nanjing Massacre and Bombing of Chongqing were recently added to BC ALPHA’s Asian Holocaust Collection. As a token of recognition and appreciation, copies of the books were also handed as a gift to teachers and presenters who had contributed to the workshops of 2017 International Human Rights Day Student Symposium.
Matsuoka, Tamaki (2016), Torn Memories of Nanking: Testimonies of Japanese War Veterans and Chinese Survivors of the Nanjing Massacre, Toronto: ALPHA Education
Maeda, Tetsuo [Translated by Akiko Takemoto) (2015), The Conception of Strategic Bombing: Guernica Chongqing Hiroshima, Takamatsu: Bikoh
Petition Letter to US Congressman, Ed Royce for Stopping Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s speech at the joint congress in May
The petition requests US Congressman, ED Royce’s special attention not to allow Prime Minister Abe to address a joint session of Congress unless
(1) he acknowledges the war criminals convicted in the Tokyo Tribunal as war criminals under all laws;
(2) he promises not to visit the controversial Yasukuni Shrine; and
(3) he stops rewriting the history of the Asia Pacific History.
Read the petition: PDF in English
We at Canada ALPHA write this letter in support of the Halmonis who are still with us in the struggle for justice today, those we have lost through these years, and the hundreds of thousands who did not survive the nightmare of sexual slavery. Sadly, we write this letter as the current rightwing Japanese government reinterprets Article 9.
Read the statement: PDF in English
March 20, 2014
Re: An Evening Workshop: The “Comfort Women” and Contemporary Forms of Sexual Violence Against Women
On March 25th, from 6-9 p.m., BC Association for Learning & Preserving the History of WWII in Asia (BC ALPHA), UBC Awareness of WWII in Asia Club (AWWA), and UBC Association of Korean-Canadian Scientists and Engineers (AKCSE) are co-organizing an evening workshop at UBC titled, The “Comfort Women” and Contemporary Forms of Sexual Violence Against Women. The primary purpose of the workshop is to raise awareness of the issue of Japanese military sexual slavery during WWII in terms of both the historical phenomenon and the social justice movement that has been spearheaded by survivors since 1991. The workshop will furthermore be an opportunity to highlight connections between the “Comfort Women” issue and contemporary forms of sexual slavery and sexualized violence in the Asia-Pacific and beyond. A panel of local experts will specifically focus on forms of sexualized violence in the Greater Vancouver Area. Workshop participants will listen to academic presentations, engage in large- and small-group discussions, and have the opportunity to ask questions to the panel of local experts.
The keynote speakers for the event are Dr. Leonora Angeles from UBC, Angela Lytle from UofT, and Jude Lee from the Korean Council in Seoul, South Korea. Dr. Angeles is an Associate Professor at the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning and Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. Angela Lytle is the Executive Director of the international Women’s Human Rights Education Institute (WHRI) and is currently conducting her PhD research on embodied learning and feminist human rights education. Jude Lee an International Committee Member of the Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Sexual Slavery by Japan, and has represented the Korean Council at the United Nations.
The panel of local experts will include:
Jassy Bindra – Human Trafficking Coordinator, RCMP
Hilla Kerner – Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter
Suzanne Jay – Asian Women’s Coalition to End Prostitution
Anastasia Gaisenok – Project Coordinator, Justice Education Society
The workshop is open to the public, but registration is required. A full program schedule and more detailed information is available on the registration website at:
While journalists and media representatives are invited to attend and cover the event, only registered persons will be allowed access. Requests for interviews may be directed to the following contact persons:
Heather Evans (for English-language interviews)
Education Director, BC Association for Learning & Preserving the History of WWII in Asia (BC ALPHA)
Gabriella Wong (for Chinese-language interviews)
UBC Awareness of WWII in Asia Club (AWWA)
Peter Won (for Korean-language interviews)
Association of Korean-Canadian Scientists and Engineers (AKCSE)
Canada ALPHA supports Article 9 groups’ open letter to the Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign of Canada
[Dion and Kishida at the bilateral meeting in Ottawa 12 Feb 2016]
[Thousands of people surround the Diet building on Sunday during a protest over a set of controversial security bills being spearheaded by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. | SATOKO KAWASAKI]