In connection with Songs for Women Living with War, “Addressing Military Violence against Women – Past and Present” features presentations by members of Women for Genuine Security on the subject of military violence against women, plus musical performances by Vân-Ánh Võ and Theresa Wong.

Performance by Vân-Ánh Võ:
Vân-Ánh Võ is one of the finest performers of Vietnamese traditional instruments in the world. She dedicates her life to creating music by blending the wonderfully unique sounds of Vietnamese instruments with other music genres, and fusing deeply rooted Vietnamese musical traditions with fresh new structures and compositions. Recently, in collaboration with Asian American for Community Involvement, a NGO who serves refugees for 40 years in Santa Clara County and through the Creative Work Fund she premiered The Odyssey in 2016 – from Vietnam to America aims to highlight the incredible power of the human spirit, the value of freedom and the will to survive of the Vietnamese Boat People. Beyond that, The Odyssey also wants to deliver the message of Forgiveness, Peace and Unity.

Speakers from Women for Genuine Security and Comfort Women Justice Coalition, Film Clips from “Living along the Fenceline” (dir. Lina Hoshino) and Discussion:

This will address military violence against women — from Japan’s system of sexual slavery (1931-45) to contemporary sexual violence alongside US bases in Asia, by armed militias, and against women refugees. It will also focus on women’s resistance and healing.

Women for Genuine Security is the US-based group of an international network of women from Guam, Hawai’i, Okinawa, mainland Japan, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, South Korea, and continental USA. We are students, teachers, writers, and organizers concerned with genuine security in our communities and in the wider world.

Collective Vocal Workshop with Theresa Wong:
Theresa Wong is a composer, cellist and vocalist active at the intersection of music, experimentation, improvisation and the synergy of multiple disciplines. Bridging sound, movement, theater and visual art, her primary interest lies in finding the potential for transformation for both the artist and receiver alike. Wong’s projects include a debut release on Tzadik, The Unlearning, a collection of songs for cello, violin and two voices inspired by Francisco Goya’s Disasters of War etchings.

Theresa will lead a collective sounding drawing from the ancient practices of lamentation for a collaborative performance at the closing reception on November 12th. Everyone is invited to join this workshop and participate in the performance.