David Tizzard, the podcast host of Korea Deconstructed wrote:
I spoke to Sylvia Yu Friedman about her latest book, A Long Road to Justice, which explores the tragedy and memories of sexual slavery in Korea and beyond. It was a conversation filled equally with heartbreak and compassion but one that I’m glad I had and from which I learned a lot. Hear her tell those stories and explore the ideas in her book.
A Long Road To Justice Book Link: https://lnkd.in/gHhRMXKQ
By David Tizzard
“I have this unresolved pain and I don’t know where it comes from.”
Growing up, Sylvia rejected her Korean identity and it took her decades to come to terms with it. Her attitude changed when she began writing and researching the tragedy of sexual slavery, particularly that carried out by the Japanese in Korea. She discovered generational pain: something passed down, unresolved. Something, she says, that might be “han”.
A Long Road to Justice: Stories from the Frontlines in Asia is her new book published by Penguin. It explores the stories and memories of women across the continent who suffered unspeakable acts and then seeks to shine a light of compassion on their lives. Based on the time she spent with these women, Sylvia believes there are political solutions that must be sought.
Moreover, history must be explored and contended with, despite what bitterness might arise. But for us as individuals, we have a responsibility to be informed and give back to our society, particularly at the local level. “…I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”