Courage to Talk for the Next Era

Courage to Talk!

Posted in Project Outline by Courage to Talk for the Next Generation on February 3, 2010

 “I love East Asia” ~Seeking True History~

 This is updating from New York City.

 Hello, everyone. This is ILEA. My name is Kou.

 Thank you for your visiting this web-site! This is the first article of this web site so I want explain to you the reason why I made this web-site. You probably do not know, among East Asian Countries such as TAIWAN, CHINA, SOUTH KOREA, NORTH KOREA and JAPAN, a lot of historical issues are still existing even though 60 years have passed shine the World War Second has ended and ,among the counties, young people are also still hating each other because they have been affected by those issues over and over since their child foot. In other word, young people among these countries have been educated to hate each other by each governments and educators. As the result of it, people hate each other like I used to do. (I don’t understand why these government educate people to hate each other but I’m sure there are some profits from this kind of educations returning to them.)

 Sharing close history, sharing dozen of pains and joyful and finally what we have reached is hating each other. How came the idea? That’s enough for me! I’m tired of hearing people hating each other and saying bad things about each other without any studying about what the truly problem is. Many of the people who do this are just let loose their emotions and shout out. Here you are, maybe you have already got what I want to do. Yes, what I want to do with this web-site is putting to out the end of this nonsense emotional chain in our generation!

 In detail, I want to make an original historical text by the hand of East Asian Students including me through some proses such as researching and discussing to understanding and knowing each other. I totally  understand that this project talking obstacles “sensitive subjects” would be so tough and hard but I believe that without talking, discussing sensitive subjects “what we hesitate to talk” and knowing each other, there are no way to build a new relationship among East Asian Countries. Now this is the most important thing for us (East Asian) that “Courage to talk”.

  Here is a process of this project. 

 The project process

  1. Choosing a subject.
  2. Researching about it by their own language individually.
  3. Holding a meeting.
  4. Teaching each other what we’ve learned from our own study.
  5. Discussing the differences what we’ve learned about a same subject.
  6. Trying to understand the differences.
  7. Putting them together and making an article about the subject including the differences.
  8. Uploading it to this web site. 


However I’m just planning this project so I start researching East Asian History by myself. 

I wish the person who has same passion to me may join soon!


Thank you for your interest!

Posted in Project Outline by Courage to Talk for the Next Generation on February 2, 2010

Thank you for your interest.

You may have the same passion that we have and you might think that you want to do something you can to change current situation of East Asia. This project will start in small scale but I believe that our small but precious step toward new era would change the condition somehow in someway. 

I’m planing to hold our first meeting at S406 at BMCC library. To reserve it, more than 6 members have to be on room request form so when you decide to join this project, please send an e-mail to me and put your name and day and time you came on it. I’ll set our first meeting considering your schedule. 

See you soon.


China-Japan History research panel has issued a report.

Posted in Opinions about recent News by Courage to Talk for the Next Generation on February 2, 2010

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~Seeking the true History~

This is updating from New York City.

Hello, everyone. This is ILEA.

China-Japan History research panel has issued a report.

In this report, the council has clearly indicated that the war happened from 1931 to 1941 between China and Japan was a war of Japanese aggression and also they have recognized the massacre at Nanking in other hands they have some disagreements about the number of the victims at Nanking. While Japan panel side insists that the number of victims were fewer than two hundred thousands, China side insists that the number were above three hundred thousands.

In my opinion, it is clear that there was massacre and so many innocent people were killed at Nanking by the Japanese army at the time. I have several opinions about the number of victims advocated by Chinese side as well as many Japanese people have but that is not what I want to mention today. What I want to indicate today is that about the paradoxical attitudes of Chinese people toward researching history. While they have been insisting that Japan never reflect on history and apologize, they have been rejecting requests from in and out of countries about the Chinese modern History as interference in Chinese affairs. I agree with their point and I evaluate their attitude of seeking the true history and apologize to Japan for Japanese invasion. (Aside from the fact that Chinese government has been using these historical subjects for their national profits for a long as well as most of countries do) However I can’t say that China is truly wants to seek the true history. For me, they seems to pick up the subjects they want to talk about so I wonder that China is truly ready to seek the true History and ready to request Japan to reflect on history. I think China is not ready to go for it. For instance, before this panel research begun between Chinese and Japanese government, China requested Japan to omit the articles about modern Chinese History including “Tiananmen Square incident” from the report because they concern that it might effect public opinion negatively and the NHK News which broadcasted at 01/31/2010 at China about this panel report was censored by Chinese government so the news was unable to see for a few seconds because the News included some movies of Tiananmen Square incident. With these facts, who might think China is ready to seek History? I guess nobody does. As I mentioned, I valuate that the Chinese attitude toward History somehow and someway. However I think China is not deserved it yet. How many Japanese people believe opinions that have been insisted at the China that is filled with tons of censorships? Who think the information came from the country whose government does not allow citizens say what they want to say is correct. I guess nobody believe it. In order to win Japanese confidences toward Chinese historical opinion and off cause to win Chinese peoples’ confidences, China also has to reflect on their unacceptable histories just like the way China has been asking Japan. In this decade, from 2010 to 2020, Japan would reflect on the past and make some apologizes for the Japanese invasion toward Asian countries. Please remember, China would be the next country has to reflect on the past after that. As you can see in Japan, it is not easy to reflect on the past and concede what it did. It is so hard to say sorry for faults. I wish that China would look at how Japan behaves, and then take a good look at them. From now on, I think it is better to prepare for it for the future. I guess that Chinese unacceptable histories such as the massacres at Tiananmen, Tibet and The Uighur [Uyghur] Autonomous Region would be accused more than now. As Japan has to do it, every countries have to reflect on history and pay for it.


Self-Strengthening Movement of China

Posted in Uncategorized by Courage to Talk for the Next Generation on January 26, 2010

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~Seeking the true History~

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~The Chinese response under the pressure from the great western power Part 4~

Self-Strengthening Movement of China

Some bureaucrats realized the strength of Western powers’ fighting ships and cannons’ so they tried to learn and adopt Western military and science in order to enhance China. They invited foreign experts and built the modern military factory with their latest technologies, built railroads, opened mines, established new schools and sent international students to abroad.


For example, Li Hung Chang, a Chinese general who ended several major rebellions, and a leading statesman of the late Qing Empire, called on foreign military advisers to train Chinese army and establish modern navy.

Li Hung Chang

1890, these measures achieved certain results. It firmed the foundation of Chinese modern industry and broadened people’s international outlook somehow. These movements were called ‘Self-Strengthening Movement’. However bureaucrats who pushed those movements couldn’t reach the answer of the measure causes of the Chinese lost was because of their political corruption so their movement was limited and kept failing to protect China from Western invasion. At the time Beiyang Fleet was the most biggest sea forces in the Asia and it was much stronger than Japanese sea forces.

Establishing the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom

Posted in ~Treaty of Nanking~ by Courage to Talk for the Next Generation on January 21, 2010

“I love East Asia”

~Seeking the true History~

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Hello, everyone. This is ILEA. 

The Chinese response under the pressure from the great western power. ~Part 3~

The Treaty of Nanking concluded, mass of western goods float into China and broke the self-sufficiencies of rural areas. Additionally the Chinese government kept imposing heavy imposition on farmer in order to pay war reparation to the western powers. This heavy burden piled unfocused anger among the farmers and finally it led to cause the one of the biggest riot in the history known as Taiping Rebellion. Hong Xiuquan and Yang Xiuqing mobilized the populace through Christian organization and rebelled against the Chinese government.

Hong Xiuquan

Yang Xiuqing

They established the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom and had been fought the Chinese government over 14 years. The Taiping territory.  They aimed to establish a Heavenly Kingdom of Great Peace based on Christianity. However, their attempts ended up in failure because of the internal division in the Taiping government and the siege warfare of the Chinese government hold their hands with western powers.

~Western Influences~

Posted in ~Treaty of Nanking~ by Courage to Talk for the Next Generation on January 17, 2010

“I love East Asia” ~Seeking the true History~

This is updating from New York City.

Hello, everyone. This is ILEA.

 The Chinese response under the pressure from the great western power. ~Part 2~

After the Treaty of Nanking, the western powers were not satisfied with it so they led to additional war against China such as the second opium war known as Arrow War and Sino-French War in order to get additional trade profits and territories. Failing of most resistances, Chinese government had to cede a huge territory, pay wartime reparation and open several new ports to the western powers. Increasing trading ports, foreign missionaries had been increased and they could do their missionary across the country.

Second Opium War

Shino-French War

Gradually, the western powers made their own influences in China. The British extended their influence over Chang-Jiang basin zone, the german did over Shandong Peninsula, the French did the Guandong Coast,the Russia did over the North East China and the US ordered China obey their “Open Door Policy”.

~Treaty of Nanking~

Posted in ~Treaty of Nanking~ by Courage to Talk for the Next Generation on January 17, 2010

“I love East Asia”

~Seeking the true History~

This is updating from New York City.

Hello, everyone. This is ILEA.

The Chinese response under the pressure from the great western power. ~Part 1~

Under the confusion of opium, 1939, Lin Zexu burned up 1180 tons of opium confiscated from foreign and chinese opium dealer. Against his order, the British parliament decided and sent fighting ships into Tianjin near Beijing. The chinese government in confusion, Daoguang Emperor ordered Quishan to replace Li zexu as an Imperial Inspector Minister to negotiate the British. 1842, the British treated the Chinese government and let them sign the treaty of Nanking. The treaty ceded the island of Hong kong and opened five ports, Canton, Xiamen, Foochou, Ningpo and Shanghai to the British. It means the Britons were allowed to trade with anyone they wished at these five ports and Hong Kong. Additionally, the British got right of consular jurisdiction,Most favored nation(MFN) treatment, tariff autonomy from the treaty. This treatment was the first unequal treaty.

Opium Smokers

Li Zexu

Li Zexu and the opium

The opium war

Treaty of Nanking

How did First Opium War and Treaty of Nanking affect the other two East Asian Countries?

Japan received this shocking news as a crisis of Japan. Lack a sense of crisis, Chinese government continued their living in the lap of luxury, while Li Zexu noticed the crisis of China and he translated many foreign historical books or geographic books into Chinese and tried to gather world information with enthusiasm. After the death of Li Zexu, his friend, Wei Yuan wrote Illustrated Treatise on the Maritime Kingdoms (海國圖志, Haiguo Tuzhì) which consisted of Western materialbased on Li Zexu research.

海國圖志, Haiguo Tuzh

This book was translated into 21 kinds of Japanese books soon. In Japan, the key personalities such as Shozan Sakuma, Shoin Yoshida and Takamori Saigo were big fan of this book. Studying of Li’s book, Japan could know the details of the Opium war and international affairs including international law. Besides his book, Japan could know the information of the world situation correctly from Dejima Dutch Trading Post located at Nagasaki Japan. With those information, Japan could prepare the imminent danger. Ironically, a book which was written in order to protect China helped Japan becoming the one of the powerful country and finally lead Japanese invasion toward China.


Shozan Sakuma

Shoin Yoshida


 According 河政植 Ha Jeong-Sik, the professor of the Soongsil University located at Seoul, he says different from Japan, Korea was under the tribute relationship with China and recognized China as their master country so Korean government placed much disproportionate weight on the Chinese side information so they couldn’t know the information correctly. For example, the Korean government had a misunderstand that China didn’t lose any their territory from the first Opium war. At the time, few people controlled all politics and didn’t make any effort to avoid foreign treat actively at all. The professor says one of the reason of their neglecting is that they thought Korea was poor so the western wouldn’t came to Korea because there were nothing they wanted and let their guard down. At the last he says, utilizing information is not depending on the information itself but depending on the perspectives and feeling of the person who use it.

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The reason why Japan (Japanese) hesitate to apologize to victim countries for Japanese War Crime committed at the World War Second.

Posted in About Japan by Courage to Talk for the Next Generation on January 16, 2010

“I love East Asia”

~Seeking the True History~

 This is updating from New York City.

 This is Kou.

 Today, I want to explain the one of the reason why Japanese people hesitate to apologize for Japanese War Crime at the World War Second. This is my personal opinion but it would be useful for you to understand Japan somehow and probably, this is what the other East Asian people have been wanted to know and wondering for a long. 

 After the World War Second, more than 10 Japanese prime ministers apologized to the other Asian Counties for the Japanese War Crime and paid huge war reparation to the other Asian Countries including tech support for infrastructures. For example, the 66.9% of foreign aid provided China paid by Japan and it is the biggest amount of aid provided to China. However this is not what the people of victim counties truly expected. I totally understand it. What they have been expecting from Japanese is neither politician apologize nor huge amount of aid but the word “I’m sorry” come from the bottom of Japanese heart.

 Probably you don’t know, majority of Japanese people acknowledge the Japanese World Crime and feel so sorry about it and it is the one of the causation of that Japanese young people came to hate Japanese history and Japan itself. You may wonder that if it’s so, why is it hard to apologize for them? In my opinion, it is because of Japanese complicated feeling about the World War Second and it makes it much harder for Japanese people to apologize. It could be divided  into several elements.

 First, feel so guilty about the war crime committed by Japanese soldiers and acknowledge how it was cruel and know the Japanese invasion deserve to be blame. Second, proud of the fact that Japan was the only country all over the world that fought against the western powers equality. Third, thank and respect the soldiers who fought and died to protect Japan and their family and feel sad about that they were forced to go out to fight and died for loose war. Forth, feel Japan was the one of the victim of the western powers too as well as the other Asian countries were. etc. Those elements are mixed and making one Japanese feeling complexly and as I mentioned it makes it difficult for Japanese to apologize. 

 Japanese people can not say it easily as the other Asian people think that the war was just wrong because it means the same thing to condemn and betray the soldiers who fought for country and their death given for Japan. Maybe you can imagine the Japanese confusion about the fact that people who should be respected and be thanked in Japan,on the other hand, committed a crime and be hated in the other Asian counties and also you can guess the Japanese feeling when they know that it has been criticizing over and over by the other Asian people that Japanese soldiers who were forced to fight for country and family called murder, evils and heartless people. It is so sad. Isn’t it? I’m really glad if you understand this complicated feeling and put my opinion into your mind as one of the reason of the question ” Why Japanese hesitate to apologize”.

 I think just putting a sentence before requesting apologizing from Japanese, “I know the soldiers fought for their family and there were any choices left for them except joining the war”, it would make huge difference and  make it much easier for Japanese people to apologize. (I think not only requesting, it is important to make easy condition for somebody to do it.) My mother told me that if the other Asian people said not only “Japan is bad” but also “it was sadness for both counties”, I can apologize to them about the Japanese crimes willingly.

 I think it is important to keep seeking apologizes from Japanese government and people not to any war would happen in our future again. However I think it is also important to put your eyes not only Japan but also your country such as the Chinese human abuses at Tibet, the massacres happened during the Tiananmen Incident and Korean war crime including massacres and rapes during the Vietnam war to understand that every people can be changed easily at war time or at confusing time. As a kind person who be loved by everybody can kill others at a battle field, we would be changed if we were forced to fight. I think before studying and thinking about war and conflict, we have to remind it on our mind. War can change everything.

*This is my personal opinion.  As there are tons of people in Japan, there are tons of ideas in Japan about the war such as “it was a self-defense war”, “I hate Japan”, “Chinese and Korean government train people to hate Japan” and etc (I’ll study about the other reasons of today’s topic and upload on this website someday). However I’m glad this article would help you to understand Japanese people somehow and to know one of the aspect of Japan. 

Thank you