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Statue honoring WW II-era sex slaves coming to Glendale

Despite protests, Glendale is expected to place statue in park.

June 26, 2013|By Brittany Levine,

The Glendale memorial is set to be the largest in the United States, Lee said. The others in New Jersey are smaller monuments.

Last year, Japanese officials asked Palisades Park — a small New Jersey borough outside New York — to remove its comfort women memorial but officials there refused. After that was installed in 2010, another plaque was placed in Bergen County, New Jersey. A third memorial is in the works in another New Jersey borough.

In California, a plaque honoring comfort women is embedded in a small monument in a Garden Grove shopping center, but Glendale's memorial will be the first on public property on the West Coast.


Although the Korean Sister City Assn. has already designed and paid for the statue, it still must be approved by the City Council on July 9 before it can be placed in Central Park. However, the council supported the idea of the memorial in March when members first set aside a portion of the park for sister city monuments. The item is expected to sail through the voting process.

Lee said the Korean Sister City Assn. plans to unveil the monument on July 30 at a public event in Central Park.

Eventually, Glendale officials plan to install more monuments donated by other sister cities in the park.


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[For the Record, June 27, 2013: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the statue features a young woman in a traditional Japanese dress sitting next to an empty chair. That is incorrrect. The correct dress is Korean.]

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