Yearning for affection: Traumatic bonding between Korean ‘comfort women’ and Japanese soldiers during World War II

  title={Yearning for affection: Traumatic bonding between Korean ‘comfort women’ and Japanese soldiers during World War II},
  author={Yonson Ahn},
  journal={European Journal of Women's Studies},
  pages={360 - 374}
  • Yonson Ahn
  • Published 27 August 2018
  • Psychology
  • European Journal of Women's Studies
This work analyses the complex and contentious issues of mutual affection and codependency in relationships between Korean ‘comfort women’ and Japanese soldiers during World War II. Drawing on a combination of interviews and published resources, it explores the groups’ perceptions of one another within the framework of ‘traumatic bonding’. Despite traumatic violence and stark inequalities, this article finds nuanced contributions from the parties involved. For the soldiers, the relationships… 
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