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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.

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1 Canada ALPHA Study Tour 2005

2 Readings The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang Factories of Death by Sheldon Harris Human Rights in the Asia Pacific

3 Trip Itinerary Shanghai July »“comfort women” YiwuJuly »biological warfare NanjingJuly »Nanjing Massacre Beijing July »forced labour

4 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

5 Chong Shan Village Sign over the entrance to the village Some villagers are involved in court cases in Japan seeking redress

6 Ancestral Shrine at Chong Shan During the war, Japanese soldiers occupied this shrine Victims who fell ill were confined here Japanese doctors performed vivisections

7 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

8 Ancestral Shrine at Chong Shan Memorial for victims

9 Memorial for victims in Chong Shan

10 Wang Family Shrine

11 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

12 Cartoons by students

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14 Wang Family Shrine The shrine will become a museum Photo exhibits on the wall were sent from ALPHA

15 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

16 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

17 Xia Yi Village The lady has rotten nose and palate The man contracted rotten leg No initial medical attention was available

18 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

19 Unit 731 Lawsuit May 2003: appeal went to Tokyo High Court July 19, 2005: appeal was defeated. –Plaintiffs hope to appeal at Supreme Court

20 Forced Labour Mr Zhao Cong Ren Forced labourer in Japanese mines Coerced into going to Japan when he was a teenager

21 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”

22 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.

23 Education 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


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