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A Counter Response and Proposal to the "Open Letter” written by 187 Historians

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June 12, 2015

A Counter Response and Proposal to the "Open Letter” written by 187 Historians
By Fujioka Nobukatsu, Visiting Professor, Takushoku University

To the 187 historians who jointly signed the Open Letter,

On May 5, the “Open Letter in Support of Historians in Japan” was released and rapidly circulated around the world. This Letter was signed by 187 historians and researchers mainly in the field of Japan studies from the United States and western countries. The Open Letter accused the Japan’s military comfort women system before and during World War II. The Letter was a thinly veiled demand for an apology from the Prime Minister of Japan.

Note: As of the end of May, the number of signatures had grown to around 460, but out of respect for the original signatories I will only address the first 187.

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SDHF Newsletter No.96 THE TAIWANESE ARE NOT HAN CHINESE

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THE TAIWANESE ARE NOT HAN CHINESE

Lin Jianliang, Ph.D. in Medicine
Editor, Voice of Taiwan

June 3, 2015

Mr. Michael Yon

Many people think that the Taiwanese belong to the same ethnic group as the mainland Chinese. Not only ordinary people, but also scholars and researchers studying Taiwan labor under this false impression. They believe what they’ve heard, i.e., that 2% of the Taiwanese population are aborigines, 13% are natives of the mainland who fled to Taiwan with Chiang Kai-Shek in 1949 (and their descendants), and the remaining 85% are natives of the mainland who arrived in Taiwan prior to World War II. Therefore, they reach the conclusion that 98% of Taiwanese are Han Chinese.

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韓国軍にベトナム人慰安婦がいた!二カ国語 Part2(拡散自由)

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The ROK Army Used Vietnamese Comfort Women Part2No restrictions on retransmission)

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韓国軍にベトナム人慰安婦がいた!二カ国語 Part1(拡散自由)

今回、米国の公文書によって初めてその存在が明らかになった、サイゴンの「韓国軍慰安所」とは、一体どのように運営されていたのか。
How was the ROK army comfort station in Saigon that has come to light through a U.S. archive document operated?

すぐにでもホーチミンに飛んで現地取材したかったが、ワシントン支局長という立場上長期間アメリカを離れる事は難しい。そこで私は、アメリカにトルコ風呂の実態やこの施設について知っている人物がいないか、改めてリサーチを開始した。
I would have wanted to fly to Vietnam immediately to investigate, but as the Washington Bureau chief, it was difficult to take leave from my job for an extended period. Therefore, I began research to find out if there was anybody in the U.S. who was knowledgeable about the sex industry in Saigon at that time or who knew about the establishment in question.

まず、当時の米軍関係者とベトナム系アメリカ人に照準を絞って、アメリカにおけるベトナム関連のネットワークを探した。関連のフォーラムに出席したり、米政府の退役軍人省のデータベースを調べたりして、連絡先の判明した関係者に虱つぶしに手紙やEメールを送った。また、サイゴンに駐在経験のある人物の証言を得る為、ワシントン郊外バージニア州のベトナム人集住地区の新聞に情報提供を求める広告を出した。すると、ほどなくして広告を見たアメリカ人からEメールが来た。
I focused first on former U.S. military personnel and Vietnamese-Americans and looked for Vietnam-related networks in the U.S. I attended the relevant forums, looked into the databases of the U.S. government’s Department of Veteran Affairs, and sent letters and e-mails to people with known contact information who might know. I also placed an advertisement in a newspaper in the Vietnamese community in Virginia outside Washington, asking for information. Shortly after, an American who saw the ad sent me an e-mail.

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