“The Rape of Nanking did not penetrate the world consciousness in the same manner as the Holocaust or Hiroshima because the victims themselves had remained silent” (Chang). Many people remember World War II as the mass killing of many Jewish people by Hitler in Europe, but in fact, that was not the only terrible incident to happen during WWII. Nanking, a city in China’s capital had been overtaken by the Japanese Imperial Army who marched into the city of Nanking and proceeded to murder 300,000 civilians and soldiers in the city which was about half the population of the city at the time. In only six weeks, during December 1937 through February 1938, “this would become known as the Rape of Nanking represented as the single worst atrocity during the the Second World War
In her book, The Rape of Nanking, Iris Chang wrote about the atrocities that happened within a few weeks in 1937. Her own grandparents escaped the massacre and sparked her interest in the sparsely covered events. In December 1937, the Japanese took control of Nanking, the capital of China at the time. The Japanese army quickly marched into the city and not only looted and burned the buildings of the city, but also systematically raped, tortured, and murdered over 300,000 Chinese civilians. The cruel treatment of the Chinese by Japanese soldiers represents the brutality behind the militaristic culture and their values of human lives.
After the attack Hawaiians named this base “Wai Momi” which meant “pearl waters.” They called it this because they felt that they were finally in peace from the Japanese. You can go to this naval base today and see more of the meaning behind these quotes. Plus you can go see a stone wall with all 3,000 deaths imprinted into it along with a huge memorial. Today we call Pearl Harbor a National Historic Landmark. After the attack China declared war on Japan on December 9,1942.
December 7th, 1941, the Japanese bombed the American naval base, Pearl Harbor. The occurrence of Pearl Harbor had depleted all trust between the two races. America’s response, conducted by President Theodore Roosevelt, lead to the interment of all Japanese-Americans. The first hand account Farewell to Manzanar written by Jeanne Wakatsuki, created a vivid illustration of what life was like being a young interned Japanese-American. In more detail, the struggles they were faced with after Manzanar were far greater ultimatums her and her family begrudgingly had to overcome.
John Rabe, who reached out a helping hand to oppressed Chinese citizens in Nanking, by providing food and shelter to the needy, and directly stood up against Japanese oppressors in their stead during the Japanese invasion, despite his difference as a German businessman, and local Nazi leader (Chen); an alien to the Chinese. He demonstrated unfaltering confidence, and the ability to set aside differences to do what he believed was right, protecting countless Chinese citizens during the Rape of Nanking. When Rabe witnessed the atrocities the Japanese were committing against the Chinese people during the event, he stayed and established the “International Safety Zone” around foreign embassies in order to safeguard civilians from the Japanese, despite an order to leave the area from Siemens, the company he was working for (Chen). Not only that, he also reached out to the Japanese embassy to complain about the atrocities, without caring for any
One of the most horrible events of the Japanese occupation of China was the Nanking Massacre. The Nanking Massacre also known as The Rape of Nanking, occurred over six weeks starting December 13, 1937. During this period, soldiers of the Imperial Japanese Army murdered many Chinese civilians and disarmed combatants. An estimated of 50,000-300,000 were killed, and over 20,000 women were gang-raped in front of their families, these women were often killed immediately after being raped. The Japanese also forced families to commit incestous acts.
What was it like for Japanese Americans in their own homes and what was it like for the 442nd team when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor? In “Wartime Mistakes”, many Japanese Americans were mistaken for Japanese that may have been pretending to live in the United States, so, to many people, they looked like they were the enemy. In “Go For Broke”, the story takes place inside a war and focuses mainly on the 442nd Regimental Combat Team (or the 442nd R.C.T. team). This article is ended with a letter from Frank Hachia to his eighth grade teacher he wrote while he was traveling by sea.
Because about 3 months before their internment, Japan itself did attack a harbor, destroying ships, ruining a lot of people’s lives, breaking FDR’s heart down. During this internment, Japanese people, except those who lived in Hawaii, treated in a most badly way. There’s an attitude in some Americans that discriminated someone by their races, so then some people hated Japs, because they’re Asians. “Propaganda began to spread that Japanese-American fishing boat “will sow mines across the entrance of our ports…. Japanese farmers … will send their peas and potatoes and squash full of arsenic to the markets.” One California barbershop offered “free shaves for Japs” but was not responsible for
The Nanking, or Nanjing, Massacre occurred in only six weeks from 1937-1938 and has been described the “forgotten Holocaust of World War II”. The Imperial Japanese Army slaughtered an estimated 40,000 – 340,000 Chinese, tortured countless others, and committed one of the greatest mass rapes in world history in Nanking, the then capital of China. The Japanese destroyed military records in an effort to keep the massacre from becoming known worldwide. This cover-up – sometimes called The Second Rape of Nanking, a term coined by Iris Chang – is ongoing and largely carried out by a small, vocal minority of the Japanese government. The Nanking Massacre and its subsequent cover-up has led many to call the massacre a genocide; others insist the atrocities
The atomic bomb was a terrible thing. It killed 150,000 in Hiroshima and 75,000 in Nagasaki, plus many survivors became horribly disfigured from the intensive heat, and death from radiation is uncertain it may not kill the victims for days, weeks, months, or even years. (Although the bomb did save the USA from sending foot soldier to Japan, the Japanese were ready to surrender on terms that they can keep their empire and we had no need to use it). Japan was the first to feel the destructive power of the atomic bomb. Killing a quarter of a million people and costing two billion dollars of war replenish.
The first allusion in the Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is when they mention Pearl Harbor. Pearl Harbor was a U.S. naval base in Hawaii that was attacked by the Japanese in WWII. Today Pearl Harbor is now a memorial site for all the lives that were lost. This was the start of the war between the U.S. And Japan and the start of the mistaken mistrust between the U.S. And the Japanese race living in the U.S. This is shown clearly in the book when Henry the main character is hated at his school because they think he 's Japanese but he 's Chinese but the students just assume he is.
He was once found surrounded by more than 800 Japanese, some of the still armed, but they were his prisoners, he had captured all of the in just one day. To get them to give in he would approach the caves and hiding place where the Japanese hid and bid them to surrender. He would tell them they were surrounded and that if they came out peacefully they would not arm them. He also promise them dignity and to get them back to Japan when the war was over. He didn 't enjoy killing, and he thought that his deeds could save thousands of lives, and he did save 1500 lives.
How would you like to be forced out of your home and then sent to a location where you were forced to live there for an unknown amount of time? Well about 120,000 Japanese Americans were taken from their homes and sent to internment camps during World War II. The United States has been one of the most powerful and most imitated Nation throughout the world. However the United states is not perfect as it has made mistakes and unpolitical decisions that were based on fear and prejudeuce. Two months after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt had signed the Executive Order 9066 ordering all Japanese-Americans to evacuate the West Coast.