Festival International de la Bande Dessinée

February 7, 2010By Heidi EllisonArchive

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Paris Update Angouleme les Fleurs qui ne se Fanent Pas

The South Korean Minister of Gender Equality and Family, Cho Yoonsun, is counting on “the power of art” to draw attention to the “comfort women,” Korean, Japanese and Filipino women who were used as wartime sex slaves by Korea’s Japanese occupiers between 1910 and ’45. An exhibition of manhwa (Korean comics and graphic novels) on the subject, entitled “Les Fleurs qui ne se Fanent Pas,” the first art show to dealt with the topic, will be held at the Festival International de la Bande Dessinée (Jan. 30-Feb. 2) in Angoulême, France. Although the Japanese government officially apologized in 1993, Japanese officials have recently made light of the use of forced prostitution, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said he wants to withdraw the apology. Heidi Ellison


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