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Canada ALPHA Study Tour 2005. Readings. The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang Factories of Death by Sheldon Harris Human Rights in the Asia Pacific 1931-1945. Trip Itinerary. Shanghai July 11-14 “comfort women” Yiwu July 14-17 biological warfare Nanjing July 17-20 Nanjing Massacre

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  • The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang
  • Factories of Death by Sheldon Harris
  • Human Rights in the Asia Pacific 1931-1945
trip itinerary
Trip Itinerary
  • Shanghai July 11-14
          • “comfort women”
  • Yiwu July 14-17
          • biological warfare
  • Nanjing July 17-20
          • Nanjing Massacre
  • Beijing July 20-24
          • forced labour
chong shan village
Chong Shan Village
  • village was hit with Bubonic Plague by Unit 731
  • Madam Wang Xuan with a villager
  • map of the village with a list of victims
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Chong Shan Village
  • Sign over the entrance to the village
  • Some villagers are involved in court cases in Japan seeking redress
ancestral shrine at chong shan
Ancestral Shrine at Chong Shan
  • During the war, Japanese soldiers occupied this shrine
  • Victims who fell ill were confined here
  • Japanese doctors performed vivisections
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Ancestral Shrine at Chong Shan
  • Listening to Wang Xuan describe what happened during the war
  • Around the corner is a room in which bodies were kept
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Ancestral Shrine at Chong Shan
  • Memorial for victims
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Wang Family Shrine
  • Mr. Wang Bing Rong
  • Was 17 when the plague came
  • Contracted plague, but survived because his mother gave him strong alcohol to drink instead of water
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Wang Family Shrine
  • The shrine will become a museum
  • Photo exhibits on the wall were sent from ALPHA
xia yi village
Xia Yi Village
  • Village was hit by Anthrax
  • This survivor contracted the disease at 8 years old
  • Her wounds have not healed and she stays in bed most of the day
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Xia Yi Village
  • When this survivor contracted anthrax, her face rotted
  • She cannot see well with left eye
  • Fell due to dizziness and cracked her spine
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Xia Yi Village
  • The lady has rotten nose and palate
  • The man contracted rotten leg
  • No initial medical attention was available
unit 731 lawsuit
Unit 731 Lawsuit
  • Madam Wang Xuan is the chief plaintiff in the Unit 731 lawsuit
  • Aug 1997: lawsuit filed in Tokyo District Court
  • Aug 2002: verdict confirmed Japanese army’s use of biological warfare in China, but rejected plaintiffs’ demand for compensation
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Unit 731 Lawsuit
  • May 2003: appeal went to Tokyo High Court
  • July 19, 2005: appeal was defeated.
    • Plaintiffs hope to appeal at Supreme Court
forced labour
Forced Labour
  • Mr Zhao Cong Ren
  • Forced labourer in Japanese mines
  • Coerced into going to Japan when he was a teenager
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Forced Labour
  • Mr. Lui Qian
  • Taken to Japan when he was 22
  • Leg was broken when a soldier threw an axe at him for “slacking off”
forced labour lawsuit
Forced Labour Lawsuit
  • Madam Kang Jian serves as expert assistant to plaintiffs
  • March 26, 2004: Niigata District Court awarded 11 plaintiffs (Chinese forced labour victims) a damage of 8 million Yen each, jointly paid by Japanese Government and Niigata Rinko Group  
  • Sept 27, 2004: Japanese Government and the corporation appealed and raised objection to the use of a lawyer from China as expert assistants.
  • Tokyo High Court accepted the objection and considered “no need currently.”
  • Aug 26, 2005: decision will be made on whether Madam Kang can assist.
  • Professor Bu Ping, along with other Chinese, Korean, and Japanese scholars wrote a book on the Asia Pacific War
  • Wanted to write an accurate textbook
  • Reaction to the textbook approved in Japan in 2001
    • Historical perspective similar to pre-war perspective