Remembrance Rising

Remembrance Rising: In Tribute to the World War II Comfort Women is an interdisciplinary work featuring poetry, dance, and music in dialogue with the public art piece Comfort Women Column of Strength Memorial in St. Mary’s Square in San Francisco Chinatown.

Featuring composer/saxophonist Francis Wong, dancer and poet Lynn Huang, dancer Flora Hyoin Kim Han, tuba performer William Roper, violinist Sandy Poindexter, and multi-percussionist Karen Stackpole. Parallel to the performing arts work is a companion zine set, created and illustrated by Katie Quan, focusing on the experiences of comfort women, Jan Ruff-O’Herne and Maria Rosa Henson.

Both projects are made possible through the inaugural Comfort Women Research and Creative Scholarship Small Grant Awards program. Presented by Asian Improv aRts, API Cultural Center, and Lenora Lee Dance.

There will be one indoor performance at the Manilatown Heritage Center on Friday 7-8pm 5/19 and one outdoor performance at the site of the Comfort Women Memorial in St. Mary’s that will be video recorded at 2pm-3pm on Saturday 5/20.

Admission free!
Please register here on Eventbrite below

*This event is sponsored by the California Arts Council, SFGFTA, SFAC and San Francisco Rec and Park


Friday, May 19 @ 7pm / Doors open at 6:30pm - Manilatown Heritage Foundation

Saturday, May 20 @ 2pm
St. Mary’s Square
651 California St.
San Francisco, CA 94108

You can support this project by donating here.

About the Comfort Women Column of Strength Memorial 

The memorial was built in remembrance of the girls and women that were sexually enslaved by the Imperial Japanese Army through deceit, coercion, and brutal force. In 2015, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution to build a Memorial to the Comfort Women in the City and to educate the community about stopping human trafficking of women and girls.


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May 19, 2023 at 7:00pm - 10pm
Manilatown Heritage Foundation

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