Hope for Forgiveness

WCCW ACTIVITIES IN 2015

WCCW Essay, Research Paper, and Art Competitions

  1. Essay Competition
    1. Contestants: Middle school and high school students
    2. Prize:
      • First place winner $300
      • Second place winner $200
      • Third place winner $100
    3. Format:
    4. Discuss the following in your essay:
      • Importance of passing HR-121 in the U.S. Congress in terms of/from the perspective of human rights issue
      • Desirable future directions of the Comfort Women Movement in the U.S.
    5. Documents and Reqiured Form

  2. Research Paper Competition
    1. Competition Round 1
      • a.Contestants: College students and above
      • b. Prize:
        • First place winner qualifier $500
        • Second place winner qualifier $300
        • Third place winner qualifier $200
        • Papers to be presented at the WCCW 2015 Winter Conference
        • Papers to be published on the WCCW website
      • Format:
        • 7 page an intermediate thesis paper (body only)
        • Submit to wccwresearch@gmail.com
        • Deadline: midnight on November 22, 2015
        • Winner Qualifiers will be notified by early December, 2015

    2. Competition Round 2 (Final Round)
      • a. Contestants: Top three winner qualifiers from the Round 1
      • b. Prize:
        • The final winner to receive additional $500
        • Paper to be included in a book publication tentatively titled Comfort Women Movement in the U.S.
      • c. Format:
        • 14 Pages final thesis paper (double spaced, 12 font, and Chicago Manuel of Style preferred)
        • Submit a final paper to wccwresearch@gmail.com
        • Deadline: midnight on January 31, 2016

    3. Selection Criteria
      • Scarcity and historical value of the primary sources found (50%)
      • Innovative view/thesis and reference material (30%)
      • Thesis structure and writing (20%)

  3. Art Competition
    1. Contestants: High school and above
    2. Prize
      • Grand Prize:
        • Participate in NY and WDC museum exhibits as part of a traveling exhibition in 2016 - 2017 (with all related expenses paid)
        • First, second, and third place winners: Participate in WDC museum exhibit (with all related expenses paid)
    3. Theme:
      • Description/depiction of comfort women atrocity, figuratively or abstract
    4. Media:
      • All possible media (paining, print, drawing, photography, graphic design, sculpture, metal art, installation, etc.)
    5. Submission (to wccwresearch@gmail.com)
      • Artist Statement and resume
      • 2 or 3 images in JPG file format with dpi 300 or higher (all media except installation)
      • Installation: submit proposal of all logistics and expenses
      • Deadline: midnight on December 5, 2015

Searching for Research Associates for the WCCW Webinar Project

  • Partnering with US-Korea Institute, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University
  1. Candidates: Undergraduate and graduate students in the Washington DC metropolitan area
  2. Commitment Period: January – June, 2016
  3. Receive contribution credit and an opportunity to present at WCCW 2016 Spring Conference
  4. Outstanding reports to be given publication opportunities
  5. Position Description
  6. Submission: Webinar Application Form, resume and a reference letter to wccwresearch@gmail.com

One Year Anniversary of Comfort Women Memorial Peace Garden

  • WCCW hosted the first anniversary celebration of the Comfort Women Memorial Peace Garden (CWMPG) to commemorate “comfort women,” young women and girls from more than a dozen nations of Korea, China, Taiwan, Philippines, Indonesian, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Netherland, and East Timor, who became victims of human trafficking and sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Armed Forces during the World War II.

  • When: 3 PM – 6PM, 5/21/2015
    Where: Fairfax County Government Center
    12000 Government Center Parkway
    Fairfax, VA 22035

  • View One Year Anniversary Celebration Program

WCCW presents at the KOWINNER Convention 2015

  • WCCW hosted the Session II panel and a breakout session at the KOWINNER Convention 2015-Washington DC, held on May 1 through May 3 of 2015, and invited guest speakers to present on the topic of comfort women.

  • Session II (11 AM – 12:30 PM, 5/2/2015; Banquet Hall at the venue)
  • Breakout Session (1:30 PM – 3:30 PM, 5/2/2015; Amphitheater)
  • Hilton McLean Tysons Corner

  • Session II Title: Wartime Atrocity toward Women: Comfort Women Case

  • Moderator:
    • Jungsil Lee, Ph.D., President of WCCW
    • Professor at George Washington University
    • Director at Washington University of Virginia

  • Speakers:
    • Yuki Tarazawa (Prof., Hofstra University)
           "The Comfort Women Systems in North China and East Timor"
    • Christoper Simpson (Prof., American University)
          "New Prospects for ‘COMFORT WOMEN’ Legal challenges"
    • Mindy Kotler (Founder and Director, Asian Policy Point)
          "New Japanese Nationalism Constructs"
    • Okcha Soh (Prof., Columbia College; former President of WCCW)
          "Abe Politics and Moral Degradation"

Rally to Call for PM Abe’s Official Apology

  • Peaceful Demonstration of Coalitions
    • When: 9 AM to 12 PM, April 28 and 29 of 2015
    • Where: The Front (West side) of the US Capitol
    • Area 1 (the open grass area in the center front of the Capitol)
  • Bus Services:
    • K mart, Annandale 8:15 AM departure
    • Lotte, Gaithersburg 8:00 AM departure
    • Lotte, Ellicott City 8:00 AM departure

  • WCCW and other partner organizations gathered to call for Japan’s official apology upon Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s visit to Washington, DC. A surviving Comfort Woman from Korea will be there. It is an opportunity to show the world that Abe denies Japan’s responsibility for the crimes committed during WWII.


  • Washington Coalition for Comfort Women Issues, Inc. and partners (in alphabetical order)
  • Amnesty International
  • Asia Pacific WWII Atrocities Memorial, Inc.
  • Chinese Alumni Association of Greater Washington
  • Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association
  • Global Alliance for Preserving the Truth of WWII
  • Korean American Association of the Washington Metropolitan Area
  • Korean American Forum
  • Korean American Forum of California
  • The Korean Society of Maryland
  • The Korea Times Washington, DC
  • ROC Veteran Association of Greater Washington
  • The Union of Chinese American Professional Organizations