The Manhattan Project. What was the US plan for ending the Pacific War?. Did Japan commit war crimes during WWII?. YES !. Rape of Nanking (300,000 civilians killed). NO!. YES !. Pearl Harbor (2,300 military killed). Bataan Death March (1,600 POWS die). Developing the A-Bomb.
What was the US plan for ending the Pacific War?
Rape of Nanking (300,000 civilians killed)
Pearl Harbor (2,300 military killed)
Bataan Death March (1,600 POWS die)
My older aunt, my dah ahiee (big aunt), is actually very small. Her wrists are the size of napkin rings, as delicate as rice paper--and the clothes we pass around in our family do not fit her small frame. She is shy, especially in English. And during one heated family discussion on the American bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in a San Francisco-area Sizzler, she kept quiet. I had pointed out to her rather talkative husband that the U.S. government was still the only government that had dropped the atomic bomb on human beings. Hiroshima, I could maybe see, but Nagasaki too? At this point, my petite aunt spoke up. "I think they should have bombed the whole country!" she bellowed, and then lapsed back into silence.
It was the first time I realized how profoundly the Chinese were affected by World War II. Even then, I was not familiar with what had happened in the country of my mother's birth during the war.
As Americans, we are almost all familiar with the Nazi-sponsored Holocaust, which spread its dark wings across the face of Europe during World War II, spawning unspeakable horrors, starvation and genocide. We know six million Jewish people were killed in the Nazi death machine--along with almost as many gypsies, Poles, gays, communists and resistors. Even as Allied troops marched in victory to the gates of the death camps, the Germans continued to commit war crimes. Many will never forgive the Nazis. But now I see how the Chinese feel about their Holocaust. The lesson of a Holocaust is to never forget. (From Iris Chang’s The Rape of Nanking)