Contested Era, Blossoming Memory: Reconsidering the Early 1950s in the Present PRC

In walking around Chinese book markets, perusing Chinese newspapers, talking to Chinese scholars and intellectuals, and just plain thinking here in the PRC, the remarkable fact emerges of the enormous gap between what is printed and discussed here and how we talk about it back in the West. In other words, there are some thorny themes being worked out here in the PRC that seem … Continue reading Contested Era, Blossoming Memory: Reconsidering the Early 1950s in the Present PRC

On Potsdam’s “Hiroshima Plaza”

In describing German responses to the Hiroshima commemoration yesterday, I made reference to an editorial which appeared in a major Berlin daily paper last June 30: …probably the most interesting item on the Hiroshima commemorations to emerge of late in the German press…is an editorial by Robert S. McKay…[which] foregrounds [and disputes] all of the [Hiroshima] commemorations with the notion that Japanese focus on war … Continue reading On Potsdam’s “Hiroshima Plaza”

Creating the Glass Man: Hiroshima Anniversary

Today is the 65th anniversary of the American atomic attack on the southern Japanese city of Hiroshima in 1945.  For the first time, the U.S. government is sending a representative to the commemoration ceremony.  Liberation, the left-wing Parisian paper, has a worthwhile photo gallery on the subject: The German press is of course also watching closely.  The Berlin Tagesspiegel carries a long testimony by a … Continue reading Creating the Glass Man: Hiroshima Anniversary

Sino-Japanese Notes: Incident in Hiroshima

Chinese media are reporting on an incident with strange resonance in Hiroshima, where on October 18, at about half past midnight Beijing time, a 37-year-old Japanese man attacked the Peace Memorial in an attempt to erase the words “wrong/mistake” (错误)from an inscription, screaming something along the lines of “Things we have done were not wrong!” “自己做的事情没有错” is how the Chinese render it, which I suppose … Continue reading Sino-Japanese Notes: Incident in Hiroshima