Book Launch: The Politics of Trauma and Integrity

Book Launch: The Politics of Trauma and Integrity

Join Dr Sachiyo Tsukamoto and Purai Global Indigenous History Centre for the launch of her book, ‘The Politics of Trauma and Integrity.’

Dr Sachiyo Tsukamoto’s work gives voice to the Japanese women behind one of the largest, government-sponsored human trafficking and sexual slavery scandals in modern history.

Using diaries, interviews, letters and oral testimonies, the book, based on her University of Newcastle thesis, uncovers the life or, in many cases, death struggles of so-called Japanese “Comfort Women” in pursuit of public recognition as the victims of state violence against women.

The launch will include an on-line tour of Japan’s Kanita Women’s Rehabilitation Centre, a short talk by the president of Asian Studies Association of Australia, Professor Kate McGregor and a reading by Dr Tsukamoto.

Registered participants will be offered a discount on their purchase of e-book and hardcover copies of The Politics of Trauma and Integrity. Stories of Japanese “Comfort Women”.

Dr Elly Kent is the editor of the ASAA's blog, Asian Currents and the ANU's Southeast Asia blog, New Mandala. She has worked as a researcher, writer, translator, artist, teacher and intercultural professional over 20 years in academia and the arts in Indonesia and Australia. Elly gained a double degree in Asian Studies (Specialist Indonesia) and Visual Arts (Hons) and a PhD in the same fields from the Australian National University. She is the author of Artists and the People: Ideologies of Indonesian Art (2022) NUS Press, and co-editor (with Virginia Hooker and Caroline Turner) of Living Art: Indonesian Artists Engage Politics, Society and History (2022) ANU Press.

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