It’s a new year, and I’m in a new city and a new country. Grüezi from Switzerland! Zurich sits on a finger lake nestled in the foothills. The only skyscrapers here are church steeples and mountains. On a clear day, you can see the Swiss Alps in the distance.
The Chinese have a long history in Canada. The men came in the 19th century to work in the gold mines, but they ended up working as coolies on the railroad. Thousands died building the Trans-Canada Railway in dangerous working conditions.
The “comfort women” were not all Asian. Some were Dutch and Australian. Jan Ruff O’Herne was one of them. After 50 years of living with the shame and guilt in silence, she finally told her family about what happened to her in the Dutch East Indies during World War II.
Imagine you’re a teenager or a young woman … and one day, you’re forcibly taken from your home and family or lured by an offer of employment. Next thing you know, you’re a sex slave in a military brothel.