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“Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue”

LocationTaylor 203

After a screening of the film, director/producer Miki Dezaki will talk about the response the film has gotten after the theatrical release in Japan and South Korea, and answer questions regarding the film.

Miki Dezaki is a recent graduate (March 2018) of the Graduate Program in Global Studies at Sophia University in Tokyo. He worked for the Japan Exchange Teaching Program for five years in Yamanashi and Okinawa before becoming a Buddhist monk in Thailand for one year. He is also known as “Medamasensei” on Youtube, where he has made comedy videos and videos on social issues in Japan. His most notable video is “Racism in Japan,” which led to numerous online attacks by Japanese neo-nationalists who attempted to deny the existence of racism and discrimination against Zainichi Koreans (Koreans with permanent residency in Japan) and Burakumin (historical outcasts still discriminated today). Shusenjo is his directorial debut.

Sponsored by the Chinese and Japanese Department and co-sponsored by the Asian Studies Program, Vassar Asian Students Association and Film Department.