Seeking Truth: Tales of the Comfort Women is an interdisciplinary project, focused on sharing the personal stories of comfort women Jan Ruff-O’Herne, Maria Rosa Henson, and Grandma Gil as well as their relationship to other war victims.
This project was made possible through the inaugural Comfort Women Research and Creative Scholarship Small Grant Awards program.
“Breaking Free” is 20-paged digital zine based on Jan Ruff-O’Herne’s memoir “50 Years of Silence.” Quan’s drawings detail the years before, during, and after Imperial Japanese occupation of Indonesia as Jan fights for her life as a comfort woman.
Uplifting Collective Memory poster is inspired by artist, Quan’s first City Hall meeting for the building of the Comfort Women memorial. Privately funded by the Comfort Women Justice Coalition, the organization raised $205,000 to make and install the statue. This poster will intertwine stories of the comfort women and other sexual war crimes (ie: Rape of Nanking, Second Congo War, Vietnam War, and more).
This unique lesson guides will be catered for middle school and high school students. Using art as a way to understand war, imperialism, and violence, our curriculum collaborators are artist/educator, Katie Quan, saxophonist/composer/educator, Francis Wong, dancer, Flora Hyoin Kim Han, and dancer/poet, Lynn Huang.
MAY 19 & MAY 20, 2023
Remembrance Rising: In Tribute to the World War II Comfort Women is an interdisciplinary work featuring poetry, dance, and music in dialogue with the public art piece Comfort Women Column of Strength Memorial in St. Mary’s Square in San Francisco Chinatown.
Featuring composer/saxophonist Francis Wong, dancer and poet Lynn Huang, dancer Flora Hyoin Kim Han, tuba performer William Roper, violinist Sandy Poindexter, and multi-percussionist Karen Stackpole. Parallel to the performing arts work is a companion zine set, created and illustrated by Katie Quan, focusing on the experiences of comfort women, Jan Ruff-O’Herne and Maria Rosa Henson. Both projects are made possible through the inaugural Comfort Women Research and Creative Scholarship Small Grant Awards program. Presented by Asian Improv aRts, API Cultural Center, and Lenora Lee Dance.
There will be one indoor performance at the Manilatown Heritage Center on Friday 7-8pm 5/19 and one outdoor performance at the site of the Comfort Women Memorial in St. Mary’s that will be video recorded at 2pm-3pm on Saturday 5/20.