For the majority of people living outside of Asia, the so-called Nanking Massacre (aka the Rape of Nanking) is an event that took place in the distance past (if you’ve ever heard of it, that is). You probably think, “What does it have to do with me?” or “Why should I bother knowing about it?” Those who’ve learned about it probably believe that it was a horrible, merciless mass-killing equivalent to the Nazi Holocaust.
Many people refuse to take this view, but actually, the Nanking Massacre was a fabricated event that came to be known through the Chinese propaganda activities in the 1990’s, about half a century after the World War II ended. The photos that are supposed to be records of the cruel acts were all fabricated, taken from elsewhere or taken in a different time period.
So why do we need to know this now? Why is this information so important? Because it has to do with the peace and security of the world. Believe it or not, accepting this fabricated event as a fact threatens the future, for ourselves as well as for future generations.
Today, China is rapidly expanding its power, and Asian countries are increasingly feeling nervous about China’s hegemonic ambitions. For example, China has been taking aggressive actions in South China Sea trying to secure oil and natural gas resources. And it’s not only the Asian countries that should fear China’s expansionism; China has its eyes on Oceanian countries, African countries, and even North America. With America’s global power waning, the only country that has the potential to stop China’s rise to hegemony is Japan. Vietnam, the Philippines, and Australia are all requesting defense cooperation from Japan to protect their countries from possible Chinese invasion. This is why China had to bring up an event that took place more than 70 years ago and making it “Memories of the World” now.
If you wish to live in a peaceful and safe world, a world in which you are guaranteed the freedom of speech, press, expression, and religion, a world that values life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, then the first step you can take is to learn the true history and see it from a perspective of global justice.
Read the spiritual confession of Iris Chang, the author of “The Rape of Nanking”:
“The Secret behind the Rape of Nanking”
Learn more about the fabrication of the Nanking Massacre: