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Battle for Singapore 2021: Webinar

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  • Free Admission


  • Sat Mar 6 2021, 10:30am–12:00pm


All ages

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Battle for Singapore 2021: [Webinar] The Comfort Women of Singapore in History and Memory

Venue: Conducted via Zoom. The Zoom link will be sent to registrants prior to the talk.

Why have the voices of Singapore women who worked in the sex industry of the Japanese military in Singapore during the Second World War been missing from history? Were there Singapore women working as comfort women? This talk uncovers the missing voices of the comfort women of Japanese occupied Singapore during the Second World War and explains why Singapore comfort women have not come forward with their testimonies as comfort women in other societies in Asia have done so since the 1990s.

About the speaker:

Kevin Blackburn is an Associate Professor in History at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has taught in Singapore since 1993, when he left the History Department of the University of Queensland to take up his present teaching position. He teaches and researches the history and memory of the Japanese Occupation of Southeast Asia. On the study of war and commemoration, he has co-authored with Karl Hack, Did Singapore Have to Fall? (Routledge, 2004) and War Memory and the Making of Modern Malaysia and Singapore (NUS Press, 2012), as well as co-edited with him Forgotten Captives in Japanese Occupied Asia (Routledge, 2008).

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