The author, Cho highlights the transgenerational trauma experienced by Korean comfort women during WWII; known as yanggongju’s, she regards them as agents and role models since they were able to provide for others by working within these comfort camps. In hindsight, the author incorporates her experience of being a child born from a military bride and how the transgenerational haunting of WWII brothel camps is affecting her life.Thus, the readings emphasize the struggles and victimization that is been passed throughout generations. Grace. M. Cho is an associate professor of Sociology, Anthropology and women 's studies at the University of New York City with a Ph.D. in Sociology and Women 's Studies.
War as an opportunity is a prominent theme within the article. Testimonies such as Ishle Park’s highlights this with her story of her aunt 's marriage to an American GI. Her marriage was regarded as a family secret to which discussing how they met in Korean brothel camps should never be openly talked about. While this marriage was seen as an opportunity that allowed the rest of her family to migrate with her to America and that provided benefits, the family still regarded their encounter as an unfavourable and a disgrace towards the family name. (p.) Furthermore, as war is an opportunity is demonstrated when Korean women would marry American soldiers. WWII gave Korean women the chance to escape their war-torn country and live the American dream.
As victims, these women