Ama Museum

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Coordinates: 25°3′37.2″N 121°30′33.2″E / 25.060333°N 121.509222°E / 25.060333; 121.509222

Ama Museum
阿嬤家-和平與女性人權館
Rain in Ama Museum 20171014.jpg
Established 10 December 2016
Location Datong, Taipei, Taiwan
Type Museum
Public transit access Daqiaotou Station
Website www.twrf.org.tw/amamuseum/

The Ama Museum (Chinese: 阿嬤家-和平與女性人權館; pinyin: Āmā Jiā-Hépíng Yǔ Nǚxìng Rénquán Guǎn) is a museum in Datong District, Taipei, Taiwan. The museum is dedicated to the comfort women during the Japanese rule of Taiwan.[1]

Name[edit]

Ama means grandmother in Taiwanese Hokkien which refers to the affectionate name for grandmothers of those comfort women who survived the World War II.[1][2]

History[edit]

The original idea to establish the museum started in 2004. Supported by a large donation from the public in and outside Taiwan, as well as the Taipei Women's Rescue Foundation (TWRF), the museum plaque was unveiled in a ceremony on March 8, 2016 in conjunction with International Women's Day.[2][3][4] The ceremony was attended by President Ma Ying-jeou and one former comfort woman.[5][6]

The museum was finally opened on December 10, 2016 in a ceremony attended by Culture Minister Cheng Li-chun in conjunction with Human Rights Day and the 25th anniversary of the efforts made by the foundation towards comfort women.[5] Speaking during the ceremony, Cheng urged people to never forget the past and to strive for better gender equality.[7] Chairperson of TWRF said that the museum would also be a place to promote gender equality and highlight the damages made by sexual abuse.[8] The ceremony was also attended by one surviving Taiwanese comfort woman and advocates from Japan, South Korea and the United States.[1][9]

Architecture[edit]

The museum is housed in a renovated 90-year-old 2-story building with a total floor area of 495 m2.[2] It features a café and workshop space.[10]

Exhibition[edit]

The museum permanently displays photos, documents and videos related to Taiwanese comfort women.[1]

Activities[edit]

The museum is used as the venue to host various workshops and seminars on topics related to human rights.[1] In August 2017, the museum launched a campaign to pressure the Government of Japan through the Japan–Taiwan Exchange Association to apologize and compensate the remaining comfort women.[11]

Transportation[edit]

The museum is accessible within walking distance south west of Daqiaotou Station of Taipei Metro.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Hou, Elaine; Lee, Yu-cheng (10 December 2016). "Taiwan's first 'comfort women' museum opens after decade of effort". Focus Taiwan. Retrieved 15 December 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Hou, Elaine (17 February 2016). "Old building to become Taiwan's first 'comfort women' museum". Focus Taiwan. Retrieved 15 December 2016. 
  3. ^ Hanyang (8 March 2016). "Ama Museum opens in Taipei". Retrieved 15 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "Nation's 'comfort women' museum in need of funds". Taipei Times. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 15 December 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "'Comfort women' museum inaugurated". Taipei Times. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 15 December 2016. 
  6. ^ "Plaque Unveiling Ceremony for Ama Museum". Department of NGO International Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (TAIWAN). Retrieved 15 December 2016. 
  7. ^ "Taiwan's first museum dedicated to comfort women opens". Radio Taiwan International. 10 December 2016. Retrieved 15 December 2016. 
  8. ^ "Ma vows justice, compensation for Taiwan comfort women". Taiwan Today. 10 March 2016. Retrieved 15 December 2016. 
  9. ^ Kyodo (10 December 2016). "A Taiwanese rights group opens a comfort women museum in Taipei". The Japan Times. Retrieved 15 December 2016. 
  10. ^ Ukai, Satoshi (12 December 2016). "Taiwan's first museum for 'comfort women' opens in Taipei". The Asahi Shimbun. Retrieved 15 December 2016. 
  11. ^ "Taiwan's museum for 'comfort women' launches campaign for compensation". South China Morning Post. 14 August 2017. Retrieved 7 September 2017. 

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