Horticulture professor names new white rose after comfort women

Han Tae-ho, a professor of horticulture and bioengineering at Chonnam National University, recently dedicated a new variety of rose titled “Sonyeo” (“Girl”) to the “comfort women” drafted as sexual slaves to the Japanese military. 

“This newly bred white rose was similar to the lives of those women,” said Han, 50. 

The “Sonyeo” variety of white rose developed by Han was planted on Oct. 26 in the Peace Rose Garden at the House of Sharing in Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province. 

“Unlike other roses, ‘Sonyeo’ dries white after its petals fall. It is frail but has a pleasant fullness,” he explained. “We dedicated it [to the survivors] because the way they have lived their lives with a pure energy and led the way in uncovering the truth is similar to the impression left by this flower.”

Read more at The Hankyoreh (Jung Dae-ha)


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