Sunday, February 2, 2020

Week5_Xinyu Yang ASA150E

After reading this week‘s article, I was shocked by the behavior of Korean troops, and their slogans "kill clean, burn clean, destroy clean," "children also spy," and "better to make mistakes than to miss." In fact, due to South Korea's powerful film and television propaganda, Korean film and television have created an image like helplessness and be persecuted. I have to admit to I have been affected by these films or publicity. In Chapter 7, the author mentions the silence in Vietnamese American literature is about revolution.  This undoubtedly brings political purpose to these literary works, but it is not the author's original thinking, it‘s the aim of the US.
In "Nothing Ever Dies" the author describes some lost or distorted history. Both the United States and South Korea are explaining war experience from their own perspective.  Combining personal experience, I come from NANJING. So when I was a young child I already know Nanjing has experienced massacres. During WW II, the Japanese captured Nanjing. During this period, soldiers of the Imperial Japanese Army murdered Chinese civilians who numbered an estimated 300,000.  But in 2015, Japanese textbooks modified the description of the Nanjing massacre. Even some of these Japanese textbooks were directly cut the part about the Nanjing massacre.
How can we guarantee that we can know the true history? How can we guarantee the fairness of education books?

Image:"People's Tribunal on War Crimes by South Korean Troops during the Vietnam War held by Minbyun and the Korea-Vietnam Peace Foundation."

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