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!

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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 love.eastasia@gmail.com 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.

Kou

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

I love East Asia”                                                                                                                                                        

~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.

Kou