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Have I watched the movie? No. Have I read about it? Yes, quite a bit--I did major in Chinese and took more than one class that discussed it. One was a class on modern China. The other was an introduction to Japanese civilization. Both teachers knew it was a terrible event. |
Do I read the NY Times? Yes. Did I read the article in question? Not sure--can you send me the link? I've been a bit behind for a couple weeks.
How much do I know about the China/Japan relationship? A fair amount. Like I said, I studied it in school (and lived in China for 9 months, where I got to see it being acted out firsthand. Remember the riots in Haidian district in Beijing a couple years ago over the textbooks? That wasn't very far from where I was living at the time).
How do I know it's being addressed? I admit I have no recent articles that say it, but from what I've read and seen over the last 5 years or so, it is being addressed--slowly.
Have I seen the prime minister at the shrine? Yes. I thought it wasn't the wisest move politically, considering the inevitable outcry from China and South Korea.
Now, questions for you, as I've answered yours.
1) What do you think of Shinzo Abe? He is trying, it seems, to work on the situation. Do you think he will do better than Koizumi? If he does, will you listen?
2) How many Japanese people do you know? If you know any, what are their opinions of Nanjing? If not, what are you basing your blame and hatred on?
3) What has your hatred of Japan gotten you, exactly? Did you ever consider that there may be other ways to handle the events?
4) How would you suggest China and Japan improve their relationship?
PS--Remember, to make relationships work, one must compromise. You can't expect one side to willingly give up everything while you give nothing. You have to cooperate.
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