I couldn’t really put up a cute Caturday picture with what’s been happening in Japan. It wouldn’t be right with devastation and loss of life on such a large scale. You can read all about it on the front page of every newspaper, so I won’t bother elaborating on one of the biggest quakes of the last 100 years.
Instead, I’ll share with you some Chinese reaction. Many Chinese hate Japanese people because of the atrocities that the Japanese carried out during the occupation of China during the second world war. If you were living in China back in April 2005, you’ll remember the wave of protests across China against Japanese because some new Japanese history text books down played the atrocities of the Japanese occupation in the late 1930s. It’s ironic really that the same people who were protesting probably don’t realise their own history education has been severely distorted and censored.
I distinctly remember a girl from my office going to protest one weekend outside the Japanese consulate. When I asked her why she went to protest, she said “of course, it’s my duty, because they did terrible things to Chinese”.
That might be true, but it was over 70 years ago, well before this girl was born, and well before her parents were born too. But sadly, many young Chinese still have this hatred ingrained deep inside them. It was perfectly illustrated by a girl who posted a long rant on a website immediately following the breaking news of the Japanese earthquake yesterday:
“KARMA is a b!tch… that is how I felt when natural disaster hits Japan. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not happy with this kind of news. I’m not jumping with joy here as there are innocent people (non-Japanese) living in Japan…Natural disaster can happen anywhere. the last time was in Thailand and the neighboring countries. It’s sad that mother nature have to destroy poor countries. But with Japan’s success (being first world) due to their inhumane practice towards other nation, all one can think of is…KARMA…and all I can do is feel sorry for those foreigners living there right now… not much for the local japanese… be it if they are innocent or not…”
Sadly I can guarantee this type of sentiment will be replicated on many of the Chinese websites all over the country. These people do not possess the ability to absorb information and form their own opinions, they simply take information that is fed to them without utilising their brains to process the information, and sadly, this is the result.
Of course, there are English and American people with exactly the same view of Japanese, but the difference is, those people tend to be people who were actually involved in the war with Japan, rather than their grand children.
I should quickly add that of course, not all Chinese people feel this way about Japanese and many are deeply concerned about the tragedy that’s been unfolding in the last 24 hours.