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August 11, 2006

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Xiao Zhu

I took a hard seat from Beijing to Qingdao and it nearly killed me. I didn't realise people would chatter non-stop for nine hours - I was hoping to get some sleep. Have you been to the Massacre Memorial in Nanjing? I went there and noticed that all the tour guides tell the tourists in a vindictive voice: "This is what Japan did!"

Shawn in Tokyo

I have been to the museum and you can read about my visit this year at my site.

When I was interning in Beijing, I noticed attitudes toward the Japanese amongst business professionals were more subtle.

I would say many Chinese aren't out to "like" the Japanese, but like my Chinese boss said "We may not like the Japanese, but we know we still have a lot to learn from them in business; so that guides our relationships."

Comparatively, I found Americans to be well received; enough to make Japanese feel envious and somewhat ashamed of their inability to overcome this barrier with the Chinese (and throw in the South Koreans).

I will always remember the Chinese waiter at a restaurant in Jinan who, when I replied to his question of where I am from that I am American, replied "Oh! I love America!" He was very proud to deliver me the Coke I ordered. ;-)

wen @ BJ

we just have this discussion in a academy couple days ago. one Japanese girl gave us a speech regarding to what she experienced in china and how it could improved.
i should say it is hard for both Japanese and Chinese people. the problem is laid by the government. it is hard for Chinese to forget what they left for us, but it is so easy for them to apologize for what their army did and recognize the truth.

Doug


ah memories. just over a year ago, I, too, took the hard-sleeper from Qingdao to Beijing, waiting in a long line to wrangle a ticket for the same afternoon and then enduring a 14 hour train ride.

I actually don't remember it as being so bad. I talked to a few foreigners on board, but other wise, it was fairly uneventful.

SH

Hmm, I had a similar hatred for Japanese when I was a kid (even though I did love the Japanese animes shown on TV at the time). Now I'm 23 and I haven't lived in China for years, and I've learnt the Japanese language, have been to Japan twice, love their food, parts of their culture and ancient tradition.

I do not and will not hate the Japanese, as a people. However, I hate the revisionist attitude their government and some of their prominent figures have towards Japan's role in the war. I get particularly frustrated when I see the current Japanese government filled with the sons and grandsons of people who ordered the invasions in the first place. They remind me of my mum's aunt (ten yo at the time) whose belly was blown apart when the Japanese airforce bombed Shanghai. She apparently kept running for her life... even though her intestines were all coming out... until she died.

Anyway, my point is, these kids need not be corrected as such. They are kids and kids get aroused easily. They just need to hear one horrible wartime story, and that'd be enough to make them feel "hatred". I remember I was very emotional at that age. At some point, many of these kids will mature and learn to think in a more objective way (ie not to hate a particular race or people for who they are), though there'll be some things, I'm sure, they'll never forget (like I will never forget about the fate of my mum's aunt).

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