Study Tour in Beijing

 

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Visiting Museum of the War of Chinese People's Resistance Against Japanese Invasion located near the Marco Polo Bridge

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Visit the Marco Polo Bridge with a history of 813 year.

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Meeting with Prof. RONG Wei Mu and Prof. BU Ping, historians of the Institute of Modern History of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. They are both writing team members of the newly published history textbook, Modern History of China, Japan and Korean which is jointly written by scholars from the 3 countries.

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Prof. RONG Wei Mu (left) talks about the issue of Japan¡¦s history whitewashing and significance of the newly published history textbook.

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Prof. BU Ping shows the Chinese version of the newly published history textbook Modern History of China, Japan and Korea.

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Visiting a village in the suburb of Beijing where Chinese men were abducted to Japan to work as forced labours during the War.

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Warm welcome by Mrs. Zhao, wife of Mr. ZHAO Zongren who survived the atrocious forced labour camps in Japan

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Researcher from the Beijing bureau of Globe & Mail interviews Mr. ZHAO Zong Ren who was abducted and shipped to Japan in 1944 to work as slave labourer for Kumagai Gumi Mining in Fukushima, Nagano and Hokkaido until the end of the War.

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CTV of Canada sends their Beijing crew to cover the story of Mr. ZHAO Zongren as well as the Peace & Reconciliation Study Tour for Canadian Teachers.

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Though packed and squeezed inside Mr. Zhao¡¦s home, we are all immersed in his testimony.

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"Working in the Japanese mines, we got no pay, no rest day, and only one moldy and stale bun each meal," says Mr. Zhao who fortunately survived the unbearable conditions and was brought home by a transport vessel of the US Navy in the fall of 1945.

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Nick Burne is not the only one who has fun playing with the four lovely puppies of the Zhao family.

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Entering the courtyard of another forced labourer, Mr. LIU Qian who was also abducted to Japan.

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We are touched by the warmth of the elderly Mr. Liu as he welcomes us to his home.

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Mr. Liu was 22 when he was shipped to Japan in 1944 to serve as slave labourer for Mitsui-Miike Mining.

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Mr. Liu shows his crippled leg to us. A foreman at the labour camp struck his leg with an axe for his ¡§slacking off¡¨.

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"We demand for an apology and compensation from the Japanese government and corporations."

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Michael Ball presents souvenir to Mr. Liu who is accompanied by his twin grandsons.

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Madam attorney KANG (far right and wearing white) is the last guest speaker of the study tour. We are captivated by her clear briefing of the redress lawsuits in Japan, even though it is done through interpretation.

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Thekla Lit (right) and Connie Lau (left) of ALPHA applaud Attorney KANG Jian (middle) for her excellent presentation. For many years, Kang has been volunteering her time and money to assist the Chinese slave labourers and military sex slaves to file lawsuits in Japanese courts.

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Solidarity with Attorney KANG Jian

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The last working session for the study tour. The BC delegates brainstorm on possible teaching ideas to educate students on the legacy of this atrocious chapter of WWII history, and its relevance to peace and global citizenship.

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The Ontario delegates are also at work.

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Light moments in Beijing: Sightseeing at the Summer Palace

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Light moments in Beijing: Climbing up the Great Wall in rain

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James Knihniski is well prepared for the rain and is ready to conquer the Great Wall.

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We are buddies! Doug Short and Daniel Shiu visit the Beihai Park that used to be a garden for the emperor.

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The unique farewell dinner hosted by Ms. Georgina Yao (lady in western hat, standing in center), a supporter of ALPHA from Toronto who happens to be on business in Beijing.

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"It¡¦s the Ching Dynasty. Am I at the wrong time and wrong place? But I enjoy it."

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Close-up encounter with Beijing opera at the farewell dinner

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Overall evaluation of the study tour experience on the 14th and last day of the tour

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Thekla Lit, Chief Coordinator of the Study Tour introduces the World Peace Forum to the parting delegates. The Forum is a joint effort by NGOs and the Vancouver municipal government. It is to be held in Vancouver, Canada from 23 - 28 June, 2006.

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Patricia O'Reilly presents souvenir to the local tour guide to show our appreciation for her tireless efforts.

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Leslie Graham giving a parting hug of friendship and appreciation 

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Delegates congratulate each other for the success of the study tour.

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A certificate of accomplishment for every delegate

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