HistoriaSG - February 2019

The Salon,
Level 1
7.30pm - 8.30pm
$5 per pax
Learn more about the dark history of comfort women during the Japanese Occupation of Singapore in our February edition of HistoriaSG.

The Comfort Women of Singapore during the Japanese Occupation: A Dark Heritage Trail

Fri, 22 Feb | 7.30pm – 8.30pm | The Salon, Level 1

During the Japanese Occupation of Singapore (1942 -1945), the Japanese military sexually enslaved hundreds of women in "comfort stations" located across Singapore. These locations include Cairnhill Road, Jalan Jurong Kechil, Tanjong Katong Road and Teo Hong Road in Chinatown.

In this lecture, Prof Kevin Blackburn discusses the comfort women of Singapore in both history and memory, and offers insight into what has come to be called “dark heritage” sites of human suffering.
Please note the sensitive nature of the topic discussed in this lecture.

$5 per pax. Limited spaces. Visit for registration.

About the speaker

Kevin Blackburn is an Associate Professor in History at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has taught in Singapore since 1993, when he left the History Department of the University of Queensland to take up his present teaching position. He teaches and researches the history and memory of the Japanese Occupation of Southeast Asia. On the study of war and commemoration, he has co-authored with Karl Hack, Did Singapore Have to Fall? (Routledge, 2004) and War Memory and the Making of Modern Malaysia and Singapore (NUS Press, 2012), as well as co-edited with him Forgotten Captives in Japanese Occupied Asia (Routledge, 2008).

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