“Rape of Nanking” vanishes from revised Taiwan history textbook
Taipei – The ‘Rape of Nanking,’ an important part of modern Chinese history, has disappeared from Taiwan’s revised history textbook, a newspaper said on Sunday.
The United Evening News said the textbook from one publishing house has ommitted mention of the World War II atrocities committed by the Japanese in China, while the textbooks from four publishing houses only make a brief reference to it.
In Taiwan, the Education Ministry decides the content of school textbooks but the books are printed by private publishing houses.
The ‘Rape of Nanking’ refers to the massacre which began after Nanking, then the Chinese capital, fell to the Japanese troops on December 13, 1937. Japanese soldiers carried out rape, execution, arson and looting in and around Nanking which lasted for six weeks.
China estimates the total death toll at about 300,000. Japan has denied the Nanking massacre took place and some Japanese rightists plan to make a documentary to deny it happened.
Taiwan also revised its high school history textbook last month to show that Taiwan is an independent country, not part of China.
© 2007 dpa – Deutsche Presse-Agentur
OK, The bastards in Taiwan Province have gone too far this time. There are those who keep saying that Taiwanese independence groups are not ideologically in line with the Japanese right-wingers or say that the Taiwan independence movement is genuinely a “homegrown” movement. Somehow I find this hard to believe as there are prominent Taiwanese living in Japan such as Alice Jin Meiling (Kin Birei), the director of JET, who regularly supports the Japanese right-wing and even defended them on a variety show where guests were critical of denying the Massacre.
She only kept her Chinese name because it makes her appear to be qualified to discuss Chinese current events as a “China pundit”. It should also be noted that she is a leading member of pro-Taiwanese independence groups in Japan. Now I wonder if assholes/hanjian such as Kin Birei had a role in persuading the Taiwan Province Ministry of Education to delete references to the Rape of Nanjing in their revised textbooks.
It’s possible that the DPP actually went through with this idea because of anti-Chinese sentiment and with the false assumption that doing such gestures would win them the favour of the Japanese government, who they believe will actually send their Self-Defence Forces to defend the province should China finally invade.
It’s one thing to downplay the positive contributions that Jiang Jieshi played in post-war development in Taiwan Province. They were already pushing it when they no longer state that Sun Yat-Sen was the founder of the ROC and dismissed the 1911 Xinhai revolution that overthrew the Qing Dynasty as just a riot. Making absurd claims that Taiwanese of Fujian decent are non-Chinese and distinct like Koreans is quite retarded and baseless. Now, denying the Rape of Nanjing is the final straw in their absurd need to display their anti-Chinese sentiment. It doesn’t help that these actions reaffirm the stereotype that Taiwanese are actually a spiteful, and arrogant from a joke of a province.
Let’s sum up:
1. Corrupt President steals taxpayer money for personal gain and gets away with it
2. Taiwanese legislators fight like schoolgirls, throw shoes, eat working legislation to block parliamentary sessions
3. Taiwan revises textbooks to pretend they are not Chinese and deny historical war crimes