Saturday, April 16, 2005

What a shame!

When I was reading the SCMP yesterday morning, I found an article written by Peter Kammerer, entitled "Let's embrace tomorrow". I could hardly agree with Mr Kammerer's point of view.

He referred to the recent firing of words between China and Japan as pointless sniping and bicker. He also recommended the two nations to put the past behind them. He implied one of the nations (most probably referring to China) should be more tolerant. He quote Belgium as an example. He mentioned that some years ago he witnessed how friendly the Belgian are to the German tourists even though they were completely aware of the atrocities committed by the German troops during World War II. He then urged a reconciliation between the two nations should be made as soon as possible.

Had he been more aware of the historical entanglement Japan and China are involved in, he would have known things are more complicated than he thought.

Japan is far different from Germany. We all are aware of the savagery committed by the imperial Japanese troops in China during the second world war. Instead of following what Germany had done, the Japanese government has never offered a formal apology, not to mention compensation. Worse still, ever since Junichiro Koizumi became Prime Minister of Japan, he and his cabinet have been visiting the Yasukuni shrine (a place where convicted war criminals are honoured along with Japanese soldiers killed in World War II) regularly. What further infuriated Chinese and Korean governments was Japan's official attempts to distort wartime history in school textbooks to whitewash its wrongdoing. It only emphasized the fact that there were two atomic bombs dropped on them, and thus a victim in the war.

I am not justifying the riot in China. No one should resort to violence as it only makes things worse. Everyone has the right to condemn China for allowing the riot to happen. But have any other nations (especially the USA) ever denounced Japan's Ministry of Education for allowing the removal of all references to the "comfort women" and atrocities such as the Nanking massacre in history textbooks?

7 Comments:

Blogger 無塵工作室 said...

Unfortunately, this rioting or historical anger are merely agent provocateurs, there are more important issues behind th whole incident.

I also somehow sensed that as governments and politicians, both sides are meerely manipulating these hatred to get (and to cover up) what they really want, and will there be any change in the end? I hate to say, but i doubt this.

4/16/2005 6:24 pm  
Blogger Louisa Kwok said...

I am sure historical background are only one of the causes of the continuous dispute happened between the two nations. A lot of conspiracies are beyond the scene.

I really hate to admit that both nations are manipulating their people to hate each other. I know when it comes to politics, it's difficult to say which side is the victim. I'm really sad to see the people in China have lost their rationality. Today, they have gone completely insane. They started to attack Japanese cars, Japanese restaurants or anything bears a Japanese brand, even though the owners are their own people.

4/16/2005 10:03 pm  
Blogger 無塵工作室 said...

It's sad to see people being maniplulated like that, and although we know ahout it, we can't really stop them. This helplessness increase even further when you know that these people knew what they were doing, and they are totally willing to do such things!!

This isn't mere hot-bloodiness, this shows their level of intellect...quite barbaric I would say, and they shouldn't be forgiven for doing such things at all.

However, we cannot say that ALL Chinese are like that, afterall those who went to riot are only a minute proportion to the whole country's population; and the "Japanese in questions" are those far-right leaning scholars who tried to change the textbook...also the government who endorsed them. I think that this is merely a show, not really a nation agaainst another nation...but it will be if it carries on.

4/17/2005 8:25 pm  
Blogger Louisa Kwok said...

I really enjoy reading your comments. By the way, do you mind my posting your link in this blog?

4/17/2005 9:44 pm  
Blogger 無塵工作室 said...

Sure thing :D

In this case, can I link you as well? :)

4/17/2005 9:53 pm  
Blogger Louisa Kwok said...

sure!

4/17/2005 10:32 pm  
Anonymous AlexBT said...

Everything comes to politician are so complicated= =
I will just simply say the problem is Janpanese's militarism.Problems stem from it and branched so much.
In this case, I appreciate that the thinking of 以德報怨, although it's too ideal, but worth doing in certain degree.

4/19/2005 8:52 pm  

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