Study Tour in Yiwu County

 

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Chong Shan Village in Yiwu County of Zhejiang Province. It is one of the many villages victimized by Japanese biological warfare in 1942

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A village elder (middle) made a permanent wall-map (the black map on the left) at entrance of Chong Shan Village to commemorate the atrocities committed by the Japanese invaders who burnt their houses and killed one-third of the villagers in 1942.

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Mr. Wang Jin Hua, a child survivor and representative of Chong Shan Village gives an account of the atrocities his people suffered during the war.

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Lin Shan Buddhist Temple near Chong Shan Village. In the temple the Japanese army performed vivisection on plague victims, so as to have field investigation on effects of their biological warfare.

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Victims are remembered and their names engraved on the Memorial for the Germ Warfare Victims of Yiwu. Students from the Zhejiang Normal University and Ningbo University are paying home visits to germ warfare victims during their summer holiday, and they join us in the wreath laying ceremony at the Memorial.

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The villagers has established a temporary exhibition venue in the compound of their ancestral shrine. They want us to know about the history of bacteriological warfare launched by the Japanese Army during WWII in China.

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The main hall of the ancestral shrine

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The exhibits tell the history and atrocities committed by Unit 731, the key Japanese biological warfare unit. There are also drawings contributed by arts students of Zhejiang Normal University expressing feelings about germ warfare and Japan¡¦s postwar treatment of WWII history.

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Meeting survivors in a seminar held at the ancestral shrine

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Mr. WANG Bing Hong recounted what he witnessed and how his mother saved him from a sure death after he was infected with plague.

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WANG Xuan (right), a local born and a human rights activist. For years she has been supporting victims of Japanese biological warfare in their pursuit of justice and redress. Ms. WANG is our bridge of communication with Mr. WANG Bing Hong and other survivors who can speak only in their local dialect.

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Delegates showing solidarity with villagers of Chong Shan at their ancestral shrine

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WANG Xuan (right), chief plaintiff representative of the Unit 731 lawsuit, speaks about their case filed in the Tokyo court at a seminar held at the Yiwu Municipal Hall.

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Besides looking after our heath, Dr. Lau Ming Jarm also helps with interpretation.

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Colin MacNeil raising question to the plaintiff representatives at the Unit 731 lawsuit seminar

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Doug Short, James Knihnishi and Daniel Shiu (left to right) listening attentively

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Our sincere appreciation to all the plaintiff representatives and student speakers at the seminar who share with us their emotions and hopes

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Speakers of the seminar are joined by students of Zhejiang Normal University and Ningbo University. The students have been visiting the biological warfare victims during their summer vacation.

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Exchange of souvenirs with student representatives of the two local universities

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Delegates are welcomed by folks of Xia Yi Village, one of the ¡§rotten leg¡¨ villages in Yiwu County.

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Active participation of teachers Carol McDonald, Doug Short, Ryan Ward (standing), David Owen and Judy Toy (left to right)

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Mr. TENG Si, a victim of anthrax attack by the Japanese army during WWII shows his "rotten leg".

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Dr. LAU Ming Jarm from Toronto examines the festering wound of another anthrax victim, Madam WANG Juhua

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Madam XU-JIANG Yunqian. Her nose is disfigured after an infection of glanders spread by the Japanese army.

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A heart-touching moment: Carel McDonald embracing Madam XU

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Madam WU Chahua. Her face is also disfigured by germ warfare.

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Survivors appreciate teachers¡¦ concern and support.

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The teachers are grateful to the survivors for sharing their stories with them.

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WANG Xuan introduces a newly published bilingual book, Blood-Weeping Accusations: Records of Anthrax Victims (inset).

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Blood-Weeping Accusations: Records of Anthrax Victims A photographic record of anthrax victims and their testimonies

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Mr. HE Bihui (holding microphone), volunteer Secretary General of the Unit 731 Lawsuit Support Group sees us off. Joining him are his son and representative from the local government.

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Getting ready for the reflective session led by Judy Toy and Leslie Graham after 2 full days in Yiwu 

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Small group discussion during the reflective session. 

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Some light moments: Andrew Cheung, our tireless volunteer photographer finally has a chance to enjoy a cold drink with Arvid Yuen, our first student participant of the Study Tour.

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Some light moments:  Enjoying the dinner reception hosted by the Yiwu Municipal Government.

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Bill Bradley leads the team building games in the coach en route from Yiwu to Nanjing. He is showing the nice prize for the winner. 

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Arvid Yuen writes his reflective journal while memory is still fresh. 

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