I am a Seoul Sister
literally born in Seoul, South Korea.
If I was born in the North
I couldn’t write this poem
living under dictatorship
where freedom of speech doesn’t exist.
But all Koreans have soul
their sad history could make you weep
if you want to listen.
They were imperialized repeatedly
by China and Japan
but China wasn’t fascist
like Japan which was the worst
at conquering and destruction.
Japanese nationalism was extreme
they believed that their Emperor
was literally divine
believed that they were
genetically superior to Koreans
although they were most likely
descended from them
they still deny this truth.
The appropriate word in Korean is
Jee-Do-Kheh which translates as:
cruelty without limit, torture, merciless.
Akira Kurosawa the famous director
once mentioned how thousands of innocent
Koreans were slaughtered by the Japanese
after an earthquake in Japan
they blamed Koreans for a fucking earthquake!
They cut off the noses of Korean soldiers
from spite to humiliate and degrade them.
Korean mothers begged for the return
of their children’s mutilated noses
so they could be buried intact
but they refused to acknowledge them
then after years of denial
the Japanese government sent them back
in tiny, nose-sized coffins, how absurd.
They sanctioned their government’s
years of mandated sex slavery
the massive gang rape and murder
of stolen women and children
they called them “comfort women”
and labeled them as willing prostitutes.
They forced captured Korean soldiers
to work as slaves in prison camps
they starved them first
then tricked them into cannibalism
they forced them to eat their own dead
the Korean war prisoners fought back
refused to eat the murdered humans.
These atrocities are rarely mentioned
because of honor and respect
Koreans have a lot of pride
they use silence as a strength.
But I’m a Korean American transplant
I feel no shame in speaking the truth
and will point my finger
in the direction of corruption
every chance I get to tell the truth.
I will speak for the dead innocents
for as long as I live.
Healing comes from acknowledgement
and that’s what I chose.
Heartbreaking True Story of Halmoni, Kim, Bok-Dong interview from Asian Boss, https://youtu.be/qsT97ax_Xb0
Warning: This video is shocking, Arrirang Special, interviews from enslaved “comfort women” in the Philippines and Korea, https://youtu.be/ISMaMzLT4MM
Arrirang Special, “Comfort Women” in China who were stolen from Korea and could never return home https://youtu.be/gVq_C2OCsp0
Arrirang Special, interview from an Australian “comfort woman” survivor https://youtu.be/Ri5RslyVJic
Thank you for reading about this overlooked topic. It’s difficult to read about suffering and corruption.