In 2007, a Japanese American Congressman from Silicon Valley, CA introduced House Resolution 121, urging the Japanese government to accept historical responsibility for the world’s largest case of military sexual slavery it created during 1930s and WWII.
A few Korean Americans in Southern California joined the nationwide grassroots campaign to pass H.Res.121. After the unanimous passage of the H.Res.121 in 2007, the members of the campaign continued their efforts to bring awareness about the ‘Comfort Women’ issue in California, working with several survivors – affectionately referred to as “Grandmas” – to speak publicly in the United States. They later formed KAFC to continue the work to remember, educate and properly resolve the ‘Comfort Women’ issue.
In 2013, KAFC led the campaign to install the Peace Monument – Girl Statue sitting in a chair next to an empty chair – to the Central Park of Glendale, California. When a few history revisionists of Japanese root sued the City of Glendale, demanding removal of the Peace Monument, KAFC fought alongside the City of Glendale, bringing supports from local and legal community. The City of Glendale prevailed in the lawsuit and the Peace Monument is staying in the Central Park. In 2016, KAFC led a successful campaign to include the ‘Comfort Women’ history in the revised History and Social Science curriculum for the California 10th Grade.
KAFC is now working with several other cities and educational institutions to build more memorials in the US, (most recently in Brookhaven, GA, and in the near future in San Francisco) and to expand international solidarity to promote awareness about the ‘Comfort Women’ issue and the problems of sexual violence against women during war.