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Victims of Indiscriminate Bombing & Chinese WWII Forced Labourers Discussed Their Wartime Experience with HKHTC Director in Beijing

2017-08-25T10:20:22+08:00Tags: , , |

In Beijing, HKHTC Director of Education Simon Li interviewed Mr Gao Xiongfei, who lost his arm during the Japanese military’s indiscriminate bombing of Yongan City. He also listened to the painful stories of the 92-year-old Mr Li Liangjie and the 87-year-old Mr Zhao Zongren, two Chinese slave labourers who were sent to Japan during WWII. The Japanese soldiers hunted for labourers throughout China and forced them into service. Statistics show that from 1931 to 1945, the Japanese soldiers enslaved more than 10 million Chinese labourers. These labourers were forced to be engaged in military project construction, road building, mining, reclaiming farmland and large-scale civil engineering projects. A large number of them were later killed. Mr Li talked to a number of survivors this summer.

Unit 731 Museum’s Vice Curator and HKHTC Director Discussed the History of Biological and Chemical Warfare in WWII China

2017-08-25T10:31:23+08:00Tags: , , , |

The Unit 731 Museum’s Vice Curator Professor Yang Yanjun (楊彥君教授) and HKHTC Director of Education Simon Li had meaningful meetings on teaching the history of biological and chemical warfare during WWII at the old human experimentation site in Harbin. Lots of extremely brutal human experimentation as well as biological warfare tests took place here in 1935-1945.

Director of Education Simon Li Networked with Unit 731 Museum in Harbin as Visiting Delegate Educator This July

2017-08-25T10:32:20+08:00Tags: , , , |

HKHTC Director of Education Simon K. Li was a visiting delegate educator this July at the 731 Museum in Harbin. Many students that HKHTC engaged with in the past school year were particularly interested in the topic of 731 human experimentation and biological warfare during the Second World War.

John Rabe House’s Director and HKHTC Director Discussed the Question of Morality in the House

2017-08-25T10:47:19+08:00Tags: , , , |

Director of Education Simon Li visited the John Rabe House in Nanjing and met with the House’s director Mr Yang Shangyou. They had a fruitful discussion on pedagogical approaches to teaching about the rescuers during World War II in Asia such as John Rabe.

Director of Education Simon Li Talked to Nanjing Massacre Survivor Ai Yiying in Nanjing

2017-08-25T10:34:09+08:00Tags: , , |

In Nanjing this summer, HKHTC Director of Education Simon Li interviewed one of the few remaining Nanjing Massacre survivors Ms Ai Yiying (艾義英), who witnessed the bloody atrocities in her village when she was 9. Since experiencing the atrocities in her childhood, she had nightmares about being chased by Japanese soldiers and got nowhere to hide. She still has wartime nightmares today 80 years later. There are now less than 100 registered Nanjing Massacre survivors today. Ai Yiying is one of them.

Ginling Women’s College professor and HKHTC Director Discussed Minnie Vautrin’s Work on the Historic Campus

2017-08-25T10:50:56+08:00Tags: , , |

On July 17, HKHTC Director of Education Simon Li discussed about Minnie Vautrin and Ginling Women’s College (金陵女子大學) at the actual campus site with the college’s Nanjing Massacre expert researcher Prof Qi Chunfeng (齊春風教授).

During WWII, this women’s college harboured more than 10,000 women in buildings designed to accommodate between 200 and 300 people. Since they sheltered a majority of women, Japanese troops frequently haunted the college and attempted to rape the women inside. The college’s acting principal Minnie Vautrin guarded the college with the motto: “Whoever wants to go through this gate will have to do so over my dead body.”

HKHTC Director Visited the World’s First “Comfort Women” House in Shanghai

2017-08-08T19:33:28+08:00Tags: , |

Director of Education Simon Li visited the world’s first “comfort women” house in Shanghai. Former sex slaves would be a more historically accurate term as they were only euphemistically referred by the Japanese government as “comfort women”. It is now an apartment, but some remnants of the house such as the ticket booth for Japanese soldiers to get sex slaves are still there. Mr Li talked with some residents and heard painful stories from them. He also investigated the remnants, which were unfortunately not preserved by the authorities.

HKHTC Director Visited Quzhou Hospital that Cured Victims of the Japanese Military’s Anthrax Attack in WWII

2017-08-25T10:36:08+08:00Tags: , |

Director of Education Simon Li visited a major hospital in Quzhou, where the Japanese germ warfare took place in World War II. Many victims of the anthrax attack have suffered from rotten feet for decades. Mr Li met a 90-year-old victim, Chen Chunhua, and the chief doctor who took care of the germ warfare victims over the past few years.

“Comfort Women” Scholar and HKHTC Director Discussed WWII Sex Slaves Issues in Shanghai

2017-08-25T10:59:24+08:00Tags: , |

HKHTC Director of Education Simon Li met with Professor Chen Lifei (co-author of Chinese Comfort Women: Testimonies from Imperial Japan’s Sex Slaves, UBC Press, 2014) of the Chinese “Comfort Women” History Museum at the Shanghai Normal University in July. Professor Chen gave Mr Li a tour of the moving exhibition on comfort women victims. They then had a meaningful exchange on how to approach the comfort women issue in classroom.

Director of Education Simon Li Talked to Victims of the Japanese Germ Warfare in Quzhou

2017-08-25T11:00:37+08:00Tags: , , |

HKHTC Director of Education Simon Li recently visited an elderly hospital in Quzhou, China to meet with Mr and Mrs Fang, victims of the Japanese germ warfare, to discuss their painful experiences during the anthrax attack by the Japanese soldiers in Quzhou.

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