Day: December 24, 2009

War Memory vs. Hello Kitty: New Nanking Scholarship and Japanese SDF Calendar Girls (Updated)

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history and memory / Sino-Japanese Relations / World War II

Consider the following: Western scholars and pundits who accuse the Chinese Communist Party of constantly promoting anti-Japanese nationalism might actually be wrong. If in fact China is capable of changing rapidly its political stance toward Japan, “the history issue” may not overly cloud Beijing’s vision at every turn.  Having encouraged popular anti-Japanese nationalism, the CCP may be able to reel it back in when necessary, as today, when a willing Japanese partner government exists.   It’s […]