All posts tagged: Rape of Nanking

Writing the Early Postwar: White and Jacoby’s _Thunder Out of China_

Leave a comment
China / Chinese nationalism / civil war / Sichuan / Sino-Japanese Relations
White and Jacoby 1946 book cover

Foreign correspondents are crucial conduits for insights into contemporary East Asia. As I’ve learned from my conversations with various bureau chiefs, stringers, and greybeards in the region, there are few people willing to share insights as journalists, as it is their job to be, and to stay, plugged in. For the contemporary historian, reading the accounts of journalists in the region in the 1940s an 1950s is particularly salutary. They are layered and numerous — […]

Xi Jinping’s Tripod: Updating the National Humiliation Narrative in Nanjing

comment 1
history and memory / Sino-Japanese Relations / World War II
Nanking 13 December CCTV image

This essay was originally published at the China Policy Institute Blog at the University of Nottingham on 15 December 2014, under the title ‘Xi Jinping’s Nanking Massacre Commemoration and China’s Anti-Japanese Calendar,’ and is republished here with permission.  2014 has been a banner year for the Chinese Communist Party’s politics of historical commemoration of the War of Resistance against Japan (1937-1945). As the Party has faced a host of internal challenges to its legitimacy from within and […]

Ambiguous Archipelago: Japan in the Chinese Press Today

comments 3
Chinese communist party / Chinese nationalism / history and memory / Japan / My Publications / Sino-Japanese Relations

Chinese netizens may be lavishing more attention on the South Korean pop star Rain (who, apparently, seeks nothing less than to abscond with Confucius’ bones to Seoul), but the Sino-Japanese relationship continues apace, with attendant action on the Chinese internet. 1. Transnational Nanking Massacre Research Team Completes Part One The Sino-Japanese Joint Research Team has concluded the first stage of its work in Tokyo and has issued an interim report. The team has agreed in […]

Chinese Heir Apparent in Japan

Leave a comment
Chinese communist party / history and memory / Japan / Sino-Japanese Relations

Xi Jinping, the current consensus candidate to succeed Hu Jintao in about three years’ time, is on a tour of Japan.  He has met, not without excitement or a bit of controversy in Tokyo, Akihito, the Japanese emperor. Oddly enough, December 13 was the anniversary of the Rape of Nanking; Xinhua quietly issued a few new photographs of the battle for Nanking, seeming far more interested in achieving present aims with Japan than settling past […]

German Sources on the War of Resistance/Rape of Nanking

comments 2
German / Sino-Japanese Relations / World War II

What do you know about German sources on the Rape of Nanking and the War of Resistance besides the diary of John Rabe?  If you’re like most people, not much. I wanted to share a few new tidbits from sources I recently found, as a means of indicating that in the future, more work along these lines could (and should) be done.  The point is that German (and French, for that matter) scholarship and primary […]

Further Assessment of the Iris Chang Papers

Leave a comment
Chinese nationalism / Cultural Politics / Sino-Japanese Relations / US-Japan relations / World War II

Iris Chang was an intensely productive, in her words, “almost obsessive” individual, and these qualities shine through in her private papers. After publishing the book The Rape of Nanking, in preparation for her book tour, Chang captured her thoughts on a slew of a 3×5 inch index cards, cards which she then organized meticulously under headers like “Personal experiences writing the book.”  She asked herself questions like “Why did you write the book?” and “What […]

Impressions of the Iris Chang Papers

comments 12
China / Chinese nationalism

It’s been a whirlwind, head-bending kind of two-day sprint through a minor swath of the Hoover Institute Archives at Stanford University. Iris Chang wasn’t my only target — thanks to some very diligent young colleagues I was also lucky to find my way into a thicket of Korean War propaganda (some of which I hope to leak out on this blog), more work by Sheldon Harris, and a few hundred pages of the master diplomat-analyst […]