Pu Yi as Witness

In his 1946┬átestimony at the International Military Tribunal for the Far East (the Tokyo Trials), Pu Yi, the former Emperor of the Japanese puppet state of Manchukuo, proved to be an exceptionally difficult witness. The following extract from the IMFTE Proceedings (p. 4,085) seems to capture┬áthe obdurate and unproductive nature of his eight-day appearance at Tokyo. Q. On what date was Manchukuo established as a … Continue reading Pu Yi as Witness

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”

U.S. Bludgeoning of North Korea, War Crimes, and the Sinchon Incident

Oh, the wonders of Air Force history! Last night, at the end of a session directing Japanese war crimes research at the University of Washington Suzzalo library (amid epic microfilms of Japanese consulates, students steeped in daily journals of yesteryear), I wandered up into the stacks again and found this: 1. John Schlicht, “The Impact of the Orient on Air Power,” in The American Military … Continue reading U.S. Bludgeoning of North Korea, War Crimes, and the Sinchon Incident