Memory and Reconciliation in the Asia-Pacific

Weekly Update – August 8

Two articles on South Korea reports Korean movements against Japan on Dokto Islets or Takeshima and the Sea of Japan or East Sea. The Northeast Asian History Foundation organized a scholary forum on Dokto Issue.

 Korean Times provides a positive commentary on Chinese Director Li Ying’s documentary film, ‘Yasukuni’, which was recently released in Korea.

A Mainichi Shimbun journalist writes on her interaction with hibakusha and introduces a second generation hibakusha Hiromi Peterson, a Japanese who married to an American in Hawaii. She produced a textbook that recounts her family’s experiences after the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. The textbook is now used across Hiroshima.

Jay Taylor’s new book titled “The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-Shek and the Struggle for Modern China” sheds a new light on Chiang Kai-shek’s life highlighting his talent as a strategist and rebutting some of popular conceptions such as his reluctance to exhaust his army in battles against the Japanese Army, utilizing new materials.

South Koreans want water called East Sea, UPI August 6, 2009

‘Japan’s Claim to Dokdo Threatens Peace in N-E Asia’, Korea Times, August 6, 2009

‘Yasukuni’ Cuts Into Spiritual Dimension, Koera Times, August 6, 2009

Serving as a bridge to spread the message of the atomic bombing, Mainichi Shimbun, August 6, 2009

The Generalissimo, Christian Science Monitor, August 6, 2009

Weekly Update – July 10

John Woo will remain in China for his next film on WWII, which takes a theme in the American volunteers recruited to aid the Chinese Air Force prior to the US participation in WWII; Veterans of the Korean War will be special guests during opening ceremonies for the Great Texas Balloon Race this year; Japan received the first Chinese individual tourist after change in its law; Taiwan is ready to receive more investment from China.

John Woo Divebombs Into WWII Again With ‘Flying Tiger Heroes’, MTV Blog, July 6, 2009

Balloon Race honors Korean War veterans,, July 3, 2009

Taiwan Opens 100 Industries to Chinese Investment (Update2), Bloomberg, June 30, 2009

First individual Chinese tourists visit Japan, AFP, July 8, 2009

Nanjing!Nanjing! – Follow Up 2
June 1, 2009, 4:09 pm
Filed under: China, China-Japan, History in Popular Culture

While the film receives postive reviews, the director receives death threats:

Showing the Glimmer of Humanity Amid the Atrocities of War, New York Times, May 22, 2009


Film on Nanjing massacre shows Japanese soldiers in new light, Los Angels Times, May 21, 2009

Nanjing!Nanjing! – Follow-up
May 14, 2009, 3:00 pm
Filed under: China, China-Japan, History in Popular Culture

Here is another review on a new Chinese film “Nanjing!Nanjing!” (“City of Life and Death” in English), which was released this April.

Chinese massacre film stirs debate, BBC, May 8, 2009

May 5, 2009, 5:13 pm
Filed under: China, China-Japan, History in Popular Culture

A new Chinese film titled “Nanking! Nanking!” (“City of Life and Death” in English) was released in China on April 22. This film on the Nanjing Massacre of 1937 attracted many audience. Below, you will find interviews with Director Lu Chuan and initial reactions from the audience:

Film on Nanjing Massacre a Big Hit in China, Wall Street Journal Blog, April 28, 2009

Chinese massacre movie reports strong opening, Associated Press, April 27, 2009

Nanking, Nanking to Be Released,, April 14, 2009

“City of Life and Death,” a director’s odyssey, Xinhua, April 21, 2009

City of life or death? Nanjing Massacre through young filmmakers’ eyes, People’s Daily Online, April 17, 2008

Chinese Agency Approves Nanjing Massacre Movie, Chinese Movie Database, March 29, 2007

Weekly Update – April 06, 2009

Korea-U.S. Relations: Fact v. Fiction, JoongAng Daily, April 06, 2009.

Chinese President Puts Five-Point Proposal on China-Japan Relations, Xinhua News Agency, April 02, 2009.

Lu Chuan (“Nanjing!Nanjing!”) Brings History to ‘Life and Death’, The Hollywood Reporter, April 02, 2009.

Japanese Anthem Controversy Reflects Broader Cultural Battle Over Nation’s Past, The Jurist, April 04, 2009.

Japanese High Court Turns Down Lawsuit by Chinese Forced Laborers During WWII, Xinhua News Agency, March 27, 2009.

On City’s Plastic Bags, an Old and Distant Dispute, New York Times, March 20, 2009.

Weekly Update – Mar. 9-23

Japan Defense Minister’s China Visit a Sign of Warming Relations, China Daily, March 23, 2009.

Q&A: Lu Chuan (Director of “Nanking! Nanking!”), Hollywood Reporter, March 23, 2009.

South Korea-Japan Rivalvy Shows No Sign of Cooling, Los Angeles Times, March 20, 2009.

Foreign Domination in Korea, The Korea Times, The Korea Times, March 19, 2009.

“Sea of Japan” Appears in Korean Textbook, The Korea Times, March 18, 2009.

“Comfort Women” Film Touches Japan, The Korea Times, March 18, 2009.

VA Hospital Pulls “Jap Surrender” Headline from Historical Display, CNS News, March 11, 2009.

KCNA Slams Japanese Militarists’ Agitation of War, ISRIA, March 10, 2009.

Weekly Update – Mar. 02

Beijing Frets Over Pyongyang’s Launch, Asia Times Online, Mar. 4, 2009.

Rape Victim Fights for Justice Against U.S. Military, Japan, The Japan Times, Mar. 3, 2009.

Why we Recall Past Suffering, JoongAng Daily, Mar. 2, 2009.

Emperor, Empress May Visit Pearl Harbor Around July, Japan Today, Mar. 2, 2009.

Japan, China Discuss Gas Reserve Development, AP [CDT], Feb. 28, 2009.

China, Japan Play Down Islands Row, Warn N. Korea, AFP, Feb. 28, 2009.

Japan and China Seek Agreement Beyond Islands Row, Reuters, Feb. 28, 2009.

Japanese Court Rules War Shrine’s Names Must Stay, AFP, Feb. 26, 2009.

Weekly Update – Feb. 16

In China, War with Vietnam is Forgotten History, AFP, February 16, 2009.

‘Schindler’ of China Premiers at Berlin Fest, AFP, February 11, 2009.

200 Refugees from North Korea Resettled in Japan Recently, The Korean Herald, February 11, 2009.

N. Korea Threats Unite Seoul and Tokyo, UPI Asia, February 11, 2009.

Contrary Japanese Historian Becomes SNU Professor, Chosun Ilbo, February 11, 2009.

Korean-American Power, The Korea Times, February 11, 2009.

War as Memory, Business Mirror, February 11, 2009.

War, Memories, Monuments and Media: Representatives of Conflicts and Creation of Histories in Asia [Related Event], Ateneo de Manila University

Weekly Update – Feb. 9

History Sets Scene for Two Musicals, The Korean Herald, February 9, 2009.

Movie About China’s Schindler Tells Story of Unlikely German Hero, Deutsche Welle, February 9, 2009.

Unexploded Bomb Removed from Southern Japan Site, The Daily Yomiuri, February 8, 2009.

Sudden Change in North Korea, The Korea Times, February 8, 2009.

Preparing for Sudden Change in North Korea [Related PDF], CFR, January, 2009.

Japan Court Upholds Nanjing Libel Pay-out, AFP, February 6, 2009.

Aso Mining POWs Seek Redress, The Japan Times, February 6, 2009.

Galleries go Low-key, JoongAng Daily, February 6, 2009.

Smithsonian Puts East Sea, Dokdo on Korean Map, JoongAng Daily, February 6, 2009.

Japan Must Not Be Rewarded the 2016 Olympics under Ishihara, The Seoul Times, February 6, 2009.

Sinking Feeling, JoongAng Daily, February 4, 2009.

Victims of Colonialism? Japanese Agrarian Settlers and Their Repatriation to Japan, Japan Focus, February 2, 2009.

From the Nanjing Massacre to American Global Expansion: Reflections on American and Japanese Amnesia, Japan Focus, February 1, 2009.

Japan Should Follow the International Trend and Face Its History of World War II Forced Labor, Japan Focus, January 29, 2009.