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July 31, 2013 | By Brittany Levine
Bok Dong Kim was 14 when she was forced to travel to Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and other countries as a sex slave for Japanese soldiers during World War II.  Now the petite 88-year-old travels the world on her own, speaking out against the atrocities she suffered to pressure the Japanese government to produce an official document apologizing to the nearly 200,000 so-called “comfort women” taken as sex slaves from Korea,...
July 10, 2013 | By Jack Dolan and Jung-yoon Choi
When Glendale officials proposed a memorial to "comfort women" - sex slaves who served the Japanese army in occupied countries during World War II - they saw it as a quiet gesture of goodwill for the city's Korean community. The planned statue shows a young girl seated next to an empty chair: a symbolic memorial to the estimated 80,000 to 200,000 women, mostly from Korea, who spent the war in Japanese military brothels serving up to 50 men per day. But city leaders soon realized that they had stepped into a major international controversy.
July 9, 2013 | By Bradley Zint
In a victory for veterans and preservationists, a former World War II-era barracks at the Orange County Fairgrounds will be spared the wrecking ball after all. The Orange County Fair Board agreed Monday to examine relocating the historic Memorial Gardens Building, first to a temporary site and then to a yet-to-be determined, permanent location on the 150-acre fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. "This is just a tremendous and exciting effort," said Nick Berardino, a fair board member and a Vietnam veteran.
June 3, 2013 | By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg of New Jersey, the last World War II veteran in the Senate and a stalwart Democrat who led congressional battles over three decades to toughen gun laws, ban smoking on planes and crack down on drunk driving, died Monday at age 89. Lautenberg, who was the Senate's oldest member and his state's longest-serving senator (28 years, 5 months and 8 days), died of complications from viral pneumonia at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, his office announced.
May 6, 2013 | By Anne Harnagel
The National WWII Museum in New Orleans will celebrate the American spirit on Memorial Day, May 27, in ways colorful and solemn, small and large. Daylong observances will begin at 10 a.m. in the museum's Louisiana Memorial Pavilion and will include performances by the Marine Corps Band and the Victory Belles, the museum's vocal trio, as well as a eulogy for a World War II soldier and a moment of silence. The museum is also presenting "Remember Them: Memorial Day Stories from the Collection of the National WWII Museum," which will be on display from May 20 through June 16. In this special collection of images and stories, visitors will be able to learn about heroes such as 21-year-old Navy Seaman 1st Class Johnnie David Hutchins, who was killed in action in the Pacific, and 1st Lt. Gerald W. Johnston, a pilot who was all of 22 when he was shot down by the Germans in 1945.
May 1, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
World War II lingers for Russia and Japan. Nearly 68 years after the fighting ended, the two Asian powers have yet to sign a peace treaty. That could change now that the leaders of both countries have solid nationalist credentials and could pull off what analysts call a “Nixon-to-China moment.” Like stridently anti-Communist President Nixon, who traveled to Beijing in 1972, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister...
April 5, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Tule Lake Segregation Center in Tulelake, Calif., just south of the Oregon border, was the largest of the 10 relocation camps across the country where Japanese Americans were rounded up and held during World War II. Now the story of the former camp will be told through traveling exhibits and a restored building at what has become a national historic landmark. The National Park Service awarded $1.4 million in grants Tuesday to fund projects in seven states to help tell the story of the 120,000 detainees scattered nationwide.
March 23, 2013 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
Dog-tired, Capt. Abe Baum was snoozing on the hood of a military vehicle when he was shaken awake and summoned to a superior's tent. With worry on their faces, his unit's top officers were clustered around Gen. George S. Patton Jr., who had just issued a secret order for what some historians later described as one of the most ill-conceived missions of World War II. Baum, then a 23-year-old New Yorker, would become known for brilliantly executing his...
March 17, 2013 | Elaine Woo
Historians have said that losing the Philippines in the early stages of World War II was a defining event in the career of Gen. Douglas MacArthur. The same could be said of Edwin Ramsey. But Ramsey couldn't admit defeat. After MacArthur's retreat in early 1942, Ramsey, an officer in the 26th Cavalry Regiment of the U.S. Army, joined the Philippine resistance. He eventually headed a guerrilla force that grew to 40,000 enlisted men and officers, supplying crucial intelligence that helped lay the foundation for MacArthur's triumphant return more than two years later.
February 24, 2013 | By Scarlet Cheng
NEW YORK - In the mid-1950s, Japanese artist Kazuo Shiraga took action painting to new heights. Though trained as a traditional brush painter, he tossed them. He tried painting with his fingers, then in public performances he spread paint on paper or canvas with his bare feet. In more elaborate versions, he suspended himself from overhead ropes and swung his body freely, his feet swirling the paint below. "It was by removing himself from his training that he was able to fully express himself," says Ming Tiampo, co-curator of a new exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum featuring Shiraga and fellow members of the Gutai Art Association.
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