In 1993, the Japanese government finally acknowledged the atrocities. Many Japanese officials, however, have maintained that it was not sexual slavery, but voluntary prostitution.
War is organised violence. War is violent, unpredictable and chaotic. What we don’t seem to recognise is that it takes strategy and organisation to create a war and to lead a people to victory.
It was a transition from a clan-based mentality to an individualistic and insular mentality.
We were no longer who we were before colonisation; and we could not go back there, no matter how hard we tried. We were different peoples now.
The Armenians of Singapore have left behind a rich legacy that is incommensurate with their numbers.