Maija Rhee Devine

Maija’s 1-minute video/Centennial of Women’s Suffrage

8/26/2020: Celebrating the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage, 100 1-minute video stories were posted on a website established by Washington Post in cooperation with 4 former First Ladies, Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Rosalynn Carter:
My video/story is at: (

Other videos include:

Laura Bush: 

Rosalynn Carter: 

Hillary Clinton: 

Michelle Obama: 

Madeleine Albright: 

Condoleezza Rice:   

First Daughters: Lynda Bird Johnson Robb: 

Lucie Baines Johnson:   

Tricia Nixon Cox: 

Rev. Bernice A. King/Coretta Scott King: 

Roslyn Brock, Chairman, the NAACP National Board:  

Categories include: First Ladies (4); First Daughters (3); Business and Community Leaders (17); Allies and Advocates (12); Public Service (19); Journalists (30); Education and the Arts (23); Roslyn Brock (Chairman, the NAACP National Board); and Rev. Bernice A. King/Coretta Scott King. 

The SeattleN news (that is published in Korean), as well as CBS, carried news about this.

Posted on: September 15th, 2020 by Maija Rhee Devine

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum (ALPLM) Interviews of Maija Rhee Devine: an excerpt posted 8/2020

Mark DePue, military historian and director of Oral History Program at the ALPLM, posted a condensed version of Maija’s 10-plus hours of interviews conducted several years ago, which have been transcribed and archived on the Museum’s website (, into an “Oral History Spotlight” in August, 2020, and posted it on the Museum’s Facebook. The link is: (It includes 10 audio clips.) Here’s the beginning story. The interviews include Maija’s stories as a child survivor of the Korean War, her post-war experiences through the secondary school and college years in Korea, her later immigrant life in America and her career as a writer. Illinois men and women dedicated their lives to the defense of democracy for South Korea by fighting during the Korean War and their stories are important part of the Oral History Project of the ALPLM. Maija feels honored to have been one of the interviewees and that her stories are preserved in the distinguished ALPLM. Deep gratitude goes to Mark DePue and outstanding staff.

E-news from the ALPLM (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum), Springfield, IL       ALPLM ORAL HISTORY PROJECT
A Childhood Surrounded by War   To say Maija Devine’s childhood was defined by war would be an understatement. She was born in Manchuria during World War II to Korean refugees fleeing a brutal occupation of their homeland by the Japanese.  Maija was soon given up for adoption and eventually returned to Korean, only to see her life upended yet again when North Korea invaded the south in 1950 and occupied Seoul where Maija’s family lived.  >>>>>Learn More about Maija’s life story, in her own words – a story also told in her award-winning novel The Voices of Heaven.     Maija Devine was born in 1943 as her parents fled Japanese-occupied Korea.   Maija met a young American Peace Corps volunteer named Michael Devine in 1970 and the two were soon married.   Maija wrote an award-winning novel based on her life: The Voices of Heaven. 
Posted on: September 13th, 2020 by Maija Rhee Devine

Op-Ed: How surviving Korean ‘comfort women’ cope with COVID-19 crisis, by Maija Rhee Devine

This was published 6/23/2020 in The Korea Times, Seoul, Korea.


former Korean ‘Comfort Woman’ Kim Wha-Sun passed away but left great paintings about her life as a comfort woman.
Comfort Woman Kim’s painting on display at the House of Sharing, a residential complex managed by the Museum of Sexual Slavery by Japanese Military
Also by former comfort woman Kim Wha-Sun on display at the Museum.

Posted on: July 11th, 2020 by Maija Rhee Devine

How Chinese Zodiac Signs Affect Women in Asia Even Now, KKFI, 90.1FM, 8/5/17


Posted on: August 11th, 2017 by Maija Rhee Devine

The Voices of Heaven, Son Preference Culture, and Women in Modern Korea, KKFI, 90.1FM, 5/27/17


Posted on: August 11th, 2017 by Maija Rhee Devine

(1) “Has comfort women activism failed?” The Korea Times, -6/26/17


Posted on: August 11th, 2017 by Maija Rhee Devine

A power point presentation, “Comfort Women of World War II”

At Mississippi State U., Starkville, MS, 3/21/2017, Tuesday11 a.m., Union 108.

Posted on: March 15th, 2017 by Maija Rhee Devine

Marth Women’s History Month: a story of a former Indonesian comfort woman Sanikem

#comfortwomen #Indonesia #womenshistorymonth Sanikem

Posted on: March 15th, 2017 by Maija Rhee Devine

March Women’s History Month: A story of a former Indonesian comfort woman Rosa

Rosa, Indonesia, #comfortwomen

Posted on: March 15th, 2017 by Maija Rhee Devine

“The Rooster Year and Girl Babies Waiting to Be Born”: Chinese Zodiac Signs and Birth Rates in S. Korea”

#abortion #SRB #zodiac “The Rooster-year Fortune,” #TheKoreaTimes 2/4/17

Posted on: March 15th, 2017 by Maija Rhee Devine

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