China-Japan Historical Narrative Dispute

China is keen on winning the right interpretation of history

China is keen on winning the right interpretation of history

The Chinese government has been open for discussion on the reviewing of the past events. In fact, they have been trying to correct the misconceptions or even some accusations of false information on their historical accounts. During 1931 to 1945, besides the World War II taking place in Asia, the Imperial Japanese Army waged an aggressive war across the Asia Pacific. Japan back then had a goal in trying to expand their power in the region. It has been known that the Japanese government created an establishment and even forced women from across Asia into sexual slavery. They have been known as comfort women wherein only about a third of the victims survived.

Stories of Chinese comfort women has never been heard off before

Stories of Chinese comfort women has never been heard off before

There have been numerous accounts of survivors on their horrific experience. However, it was rare to read on stories of women who came from Mainland China. According to some researches, nearly 400,000 women were enslaved by the Japanese military. People have never heard their stories until recently wherein the Chinese government has been supportive towards the interpretation of history. The political ties of China and Japan have been turbulent in recent years due to the tensions existing in the recent past. Majority of the time they try to use the anniversary of the end of the World War II as a propaganda in trying to win the battle in the right interpretation of the past. The existence of materials wherein people could found out more on the past experiences of the comfort women has been significant. People are now gaining knowledge on how they have struggled into fitting in to the society once the war has ended. Some scholars have also been studying the effect of Chinese patriarchal sociopolitical ideology before and after the war. Chinese comfort women have suffered persecution from their own countrymen and even banishment to a labor camp in Northeast China during the Cultural Revolution. This has been a remarkable contribution in further winning the supposedly right interpretation of history.

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