Rafu Shimpo, which describes itself as “the nation’s leading Japanese American newspaper since its original publication” in 1903, published an article based on our letter to Mayor Doug Chafee and City Council members of Fullerton in anticipation of Japanese protesters descending at the City Council meeting last week.
Thank you, Rafu Shimpo, for publicizing our letter as well as our upcoming workshop/seminar at UCLA next month!
Today, Japan-U.S. Feminist Network for Decolonization (FeND) has submitted a letter to the Mayor and the City Council of Fullerton, California to express our support for its proposed peace memorial dedicated to victims and survivors of the Japanese “comfort women” system during the WWII.
City Council of Fullerton has already passed a resolution endorsing the U.S. House Resolution 121, leading a way for the Fullerton Museum Center board to approve the construction of the proposed memorial dedicated to former “comfort women.” But dozens of Japanese residents from surrounding areas, many of whom have come from Japan rather than from Japanese-American communities, are planning to storm the City Council meeting this Tuesday to voice their opposition to the memorial.
We are submitting our letter to demonstrate that these antagonistic Japanese nationalists do not speak for all of Japanese and Japanese-American individuals in the United States.
You can download the PDF file of our letter here.