If you’ve never heard of #TheRapeOfNanking, brilliantly researched and retold by the late journalist #IrisChang, it’s because it is a genocide that has largely been forgotten and is not taught in most Western and Japanese curricula.
During WWII, Japan’s military invaded Nanking and proceeded to commit horrendous crimes and methods of torture that terrified even the Nazis. In a period of 6-8 weeks, 300,000 Chinese soldiers and civilians were murdered and raped.
To compare it with other genocides, the number of fatalities during the Rape of Nanking surpasses the Romans at Carthage, the combined death toll of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, and WWII military casualties in France, Great Britain, the Netherlands, and Belgium. The amount of rape victims are estimated to be equal to or greater than the amount of Bosnian rape victims in Yugoslavia during the 90s.
Unlike Germany who has worked incredibly hard compensate and apologize to Holocaust survivors through reparations and mandatory education of the Holocaust in its schools, Japan has largely stifled the Rape of Nanking. I didn’t even know about it until I recently read this book. It’s shameful how we often gloss over genocide and colonialism in schools (i.e. Rwanda, Bosnia, Native Americans/MesoAmericans, Palestine, etc.) it is through the tireless efforts of journalists and researchers and artists that we never forget these events and the people that endured them. #Journalism #China #Japan #Sino-JapaneseWar #Genocide #Propaganda #Holocaust #History #Hope #Remember #Nonfiction #Books