The Rape of Nanking

The Rape of Nanking By Iris Chang, The Rape of Nanking In December the Japanese army invaded the ancient city of Nanking systematically raping torturing and murdering than Chinese civilians This book tells the story from three perspective
  • Title: The Rape of Nanking
  • Author: Iris Chang
  • ISBN: 9780140277449
  • Page: 407
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  • The Rape of Nanking By Iris Chang, In December 1937, the Japanese army invaded the ancient city of Nanking, systematically raping, torturing, and murdering than 300,000 Chinese civilians This book tells the story from three perspectives of the Japanese soldiers who performed it, of the Chinese civilians who endured it, and of a group of Europeans and Americans who refused to abandon the city and wereIn December 1937, the Japanese army invaded the ancient city of Nanking, systematically raping, torturing, and murdering than 300,000 Chinese civilians This book tells the story from three perspectives of the Japanese soldiers who performed it, of the Chinese civilians who endured it, and of a group of Europeans and Americans who refused to abandon the city and were able to create a safety zone that saved many.
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    1. Iris Chang

      Iris Shun Ru Chang was a Chinese American historian and journalist She was best known for her best selling 1997 account of the Nanking Massacre, The Rape of Nanking She committed suicide on November 9, 2004, when she was just 36 years old.The daughter of two university professors who had emigrated from China, Chang was born in Princeton, New Jersey and raised in Champaign Urbana, Illinois where she attended the University Laboratory High School from which she graduated in 1985 She then earned a bachelor s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois Champaign Urbana in 1989, during which time she also worked as a New York Times stringer, writing six front page articles over the course of one year After brief stints at the Associated Press and the Chicago Tribune she pursued a master s degree at Johns Hopkins University, and then embarked on a career as an author who also lectured and wrote articles for various magazines She married Bretton Lee Douglas, whom she had met in college, and had one son, Christopher, who was 2 years old at the time of her death She lived in San Jose, California in the final years of her life.Chang wrote three books documenting the experiences of the Chinese in the 19th and 20th centuries Her first book, entitled Thread of the Silkworm 1995 , tells the story of the Chinese professor, Dr Tsien Hsue shen, during the Red Scare in the 1950s Although Tsien was one of the founders of NASA s Jet Propulsion Laboratory JPL and had helped the US military to debrief scientists from Nazi Germany for many years, he was falsely accused of being both a spy and a member of the Communist Party USA, and was thus placed under house arrest from 1950 until his deportation to the People s Republic of China in September 1955 Upon his return to China, Tsien developed the Dongfeng missile and later the Silkworm missile which would be used by the Iraqi military not only during its war on Iran but ironically against the US led coalitions during Gulf Wars I and II.Her second book, The Rape of Nanking The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II 1997 , was published on the 60th anniversary of the Nanking Massacre, and was motivated in part by her own grandparents stories about their escape from the massacre It documents atrocities committed against the Chinese by the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino Japanese War and includes interviews with the victims The book attracted both praise from some quarters for exposing the details of the atrocity and criticism from others because of alleged inaccuracies After the publication of the book, Chang campaigned for the Japanese government to apologize for its troops wartime conduct and to pay reparations to the victims The work was the first English language full length nonfiction account of the atrocity itself and remained on the New York Times Bestseller List for ten weeks Based on the book, an American documentary film, Nanking, was released in 2007.Chang s third book and final book was significantly enough The Chinese in America 2003 , a history of how the Chinese in the United States have always been treated as suspect outsiders despite their obvious adherence to the American ethic of hard work which they not only excelled at but which they were led to expect would assure them of acceptance as full Americans instead of the envy and alienation that it has continually provoked.

    399 thoughts on “The Rape of Nanking”

    1. Gripping As a Japanese, it pisses me off how history turned out for the Class A war criminals who never got reprimanded or punished after the war, and it pisses me off all the for the government s steady and FUCKED UP denial of its past war crimes Both the ultranationalists and those conservative politicians who outright label the incident a mere fabrication and lie deserve to die right away without mercy of any kind In Germany, it s punishable by law to deny Holocaust In Japan, the government [...]

    2. Any comments regarding politics will be dealt with Flagged, blocked, accompanied by one of my endlessly innovative insults Take your political opinions elsewhere, the few of you who think this is bloody Facebook I m not interested Almost all people have this potential for evil, which would be unleashed only under certain dangerous social circumstances A beloved European friend, who s currently living in Changzhou, has been pestering me to read this book for months I was unwilling Of course, Hist [...]

    3. Iris Chang committed suicide I can t help wondering if doing the research for this book didn t create or deepen her depression She was an obviously passionate person and turning that passion loose on uncovering what really happened in Nanking in December 1937 must have shook her deeply.Just reading it shook me deeply.As a history major in college, I was aware of the allegations against the Japanese in WWII, not just in Nanking but all over S.E Asia As an ongoing student of WWII and someone who h [...]

    4. Is JeSuisCharlie still trending on Twitter Or, rather, is it still fashionable to bleat and moan about freedom of speech without mention of the First Amendment Zones in Ferguson, the labeling of protesters as looters and militants by mass media, this particular gem of a post, and so many other violations of the right to speak that aren t saturated enough with European imperialism to merit the world s attention Just look how the Boko Haram massacre of thousands was received by a world in mourning [...]

    5. By far the most painful book I have ever read and yet a book that should be READ, passed on, READ, passed on, READ and passed on and ON so that new generations of people learn what those forever silent can t relate to their loved ones because they themselves have been Massacred I came across this book having just finished White Chrysanthemum a historical fiction account of The Comfort Women and wanting to read on this time in history I found this book.The Nanking Massacre was an episode of mass [...]

    6. I read this book in 1999 and was surprised to find that it was not on my GR list I was not writing detailed reviews at the time so my single paragraph will have to suffice, but I did take down a few significant passages from the book, and pasted those at the bottom.This book tells of the Japanese destruction, truly a rape of Nanking in December 1937 It is estimated that up to 350,000 people were murdered within a few weeks, many horribly The Japanese have never acknowledged this atrocity, and in [...]

    7. Okay, I waited for the holiday season to be over before I put this review The review contains information of gruesome violence and depressing images If you want to stay in good mood, don t read it I don t think it will change anything view spoiler The Japanese, I learned, sliced babies not just in half but in thirds and fourths, they said the Yangtze River ran red with blood for days Chinese witnesses saw Japanese rape girls under ten years of age in the streets and then slash them in half by sw [...]

    8. ETA There is much in this book than the simple listing of atrocities committed How came it to be that the Japanese soldiers lost all natural sense of right and wrong Why did the world look away Why has punishment never been allotted What can be done to prevent this from happening again All of these questions are addressed in the book Michael, I am adding this for you EVERYBODY should read this book Yes, that means YOU I am annoyed at myself I have had this on my shelves for ages First my excuse [...]

    9. Rape of Nanking is mainly discussing TWO injustice set of actions by Japanese officials to Nanking population including some foreigners This book discuss some Westerners that saved many lives, and of course regarding Nanking massacre it is unavoidable to mention International Committee for the Nanking Safety Zone The FIRST injustice is the massacre itself at late 1937 early 1938 If you don t aware about the incident, this book is an eye opening And you don t have to stop with this book in this i [...]

    10. This is a well presented account of the systematic slaughter of Chinese civilians and prisoners by Japanese soldiers in 1937 and a thoughtful journalistic probing of its causes and reasons for its minimalization in the broad cultural mindset It is painful to pursue such dark chapters in human history as a reader Maybe it s healthy to turn away from the details, like not looking closely if you witness a car wreck Or to objectify such depradations, wall them off a bit as aberrations of war or a ra [...]

    11. I am by no means an expert on WWII or history in general I find it interesting and fascinating, and am interested in WWII stories than many other eras, simply because it was just such an active point in our relatively recent history, and there was just so much horrific shit going on But despite my interest in this era, I d never even heard of this little corner of depravity and horror Never heard of the Nanking Massacre in school, never stumbled across it in any form during my three decades of [...]

    12. this book is what it is which is shoddy, shoddy history it is, however, excellent, excellent memory ahh, see how compelling this distinction can be chang is a journalist, but she doesn t seem to be one in this book, as she blindly does what she accuses the japanese of doing which is presenting a one sided reality no matter what chang said, the captions on the pictures were mislabeled the japanese historians by which i mean, historians focused on japan resoundingly pointed out errors in the book [...]

    13. The Rape of Nanking is an important work of historical non fiction written by Iris Chang This book was instrumental in bringing greater attention in the Western world to Japanese atrocities during WWII Chang notes the Rape of Nanking and other war time atrocities committed by the Japanese were not at the time of writing acknowledged widely in Japanese society, and still to this day are denied by Nationalist politicians in Japan, or dampened by apologists.Chang s book details the Nanking Nanjing [...]

    14. Just try to picture the most horrid, awful, and brutal in humanity ever since you learned about the German Holocaust, and you will only touch the tip of the iceberg in discovering the events of Nanking This book makes your blood run cold and your belief in humanity take a millions steps backwards It is not a book to be read by the faint of heart, but one that gives you all the harrowing details of how people who think they are superior to all others take the lives of those they consider below pi [...]

    15. Brutally shocking and disturbing, The Rape of Nanking is one of few books to accurately describe a horrific event of the past which many westerners don t know about It s a very sad and terrifying story, but definitely worth it.

    16. Review originally posted on A Skeptical Reader.I ve attempted to review this book several times over the past few months since I read it in September, 2017 but I am unable to do it justice How do you talk about such cases of mass rape where all hope was abandoned Where the people who say they stand for democracy have continued to look away And where the victims continue to be ignored and shamed for the violence committed against them I don t know how to rightly talk about any of these things but [...]

    17. Not the most systematic history, but instead a frightening compilation of memories There are a few nagging stylistic or minor technical errors, but this should not detract from the sheer scale of this atrocity, and Chang s remarkable effort in bringing it to light in Western scholarship.

    18. I m pretty ignorant when it comes to history I know very little, and what little I do know tends to cluster around Ancient Greece and wars that the U.S was engaged in The pathetic information I have stored about World War II consists of 1 German Nazis killed millions of people 2 Stalin killed millions of people 3 The Japanese bombed Peal Harbor 4 We put Japanese Americans in internment camps 5 Plutonium and Uranium bombs were dropped on the cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima Somewhere I missed tha [...]

    19. This was devastating, absolutely tragic What the Chinese and POWs went through during WWII by the hands of the Japanese is worse than the Nazi regime terror I can t talk about this.

    20. On December 13th, 1937, Nanking fell to the Japanese In the next six weeks, the Japanese committed the infamous Nanking Massacre, or the Rape of Nanking, during which an estimated 300,000 Chinese soldiers and civilians were killed, and 20,000 women were raped.I am honestly ashamed that I never knew about this massacre previously I am so glad I picked up this book, it was interesting and incredibly eye opening I feel like it gave a very well rounded description of the atrocities that happened and [...]

    21. In December 1937 the Japanese army took the city of Nanking,which was then the capital of China What followed was a massacre of defenceless POWs and civilians, projected at 300,000 to 400,000 though no one will ever know the true numbers.This slim book is an expose of an often overlooked war crime, and one for which many of the perpetrators got off scot free It sets out in often sickening detail the inhumane actions of the Japanese army, most affecting for me was the execution contests where for [...]

    22. Just before starting this review I discovered that the author, Iris Chang, committed suicide due mostly to depression and sleep deprivation I can t help but wonder how much her research and experience with this book had to do with her condition I have read many books concerning the atrocities committed by mankind against his fellow mankind, most notably, the Jewish holocaust and the attempted annihilation of the American Indians But I do not think I have ever read of an event as horrible as the [...]

    23. Due to the nature of this book, I decided first not to demean its contents and the events of history with a rating.I think it is first important to establish that the events that took place in Nanking during the invasion and its occupation did happen to horrific degrees This book explores the very real deaths of an estimated 300,000 Chinese soldiers and civilians at the hands of the Japanese army during WWII As for this book, my thoughts are brief As a book on a historical event, I found it subj [...]

    24. Iris Chang s passionate account of the 1937 Nanking Massacre of 300,000 innocent people sends shivers up the spine As someone who has read far too many histories of murder, rape and torture, I was still deeply affected by Chang s descriptions of extreme cruelty and the total savagery of the perpetrators I ll avoid the details but suffice it to say this book takes a strong stomach to read as it does to look at the included pictures So why should it be read Chang s reason is so the massacre and it [...]

    25. The Rape of Nanking was an experience I d finished this book several weeks ago but couldn t write about it for some time because of the emotional toll reading this took on me Reading this book I felt profound emotion, the most surprising of them was shame I felt shame for not having realized this massacre for my entire 36 years of life I felt shame for the human race that something could cause us to behave so sadistically, so heartlessly And finally shame for not having seen genocide as the horr [...]

    26. The book was published in 1997 Seven years after, Iris Chang 1968 2004 , probably due to the pressures from Japanese revisionists for writing this book among others, killed herself One of her three suicide notes says There are aspects of my experience in Louisville that I will never understand Deep down I suspect that you may have answers about this than I do I can never shake my belief that I was being recruited, and later persecuted, by forces powerful than I could have imagined Whether it w [...]

    27. After all the hype, I found this book to be a bit disappointing It was a bestseller, largely I suspect because it blew the English language lid off a major Japanese WWII atrocity The book isn t long about 220 pages nor does it have much to say about the Rape of Nanking itself, an awful, brutal rampage in which the Japanese army ran amok in the captured city, looting, burning, torturing, and killing over 300,000 over 400,000 civilians and disarmed combatants alike and raping and otherwise torturi [...]

    28. Looking back upon millennia of history, it appears clear that no race or culture has a monopoly on wartime cruelty The veneer of civilizations seems to be exceedingly thin one that can be easily stripped away, especially by the stresses of war.Back in early 2000, I had the privilege to treat a patient who, as a college grad, had immigrated from China to the US During one of our many conversations she began to tell me a shocking story which involved Japanese brutalities, including the slicing ope [...]

    29. An Unlikely Hero emerges, John Rabe a nazi no less becomes the Oskar Schindler of Nanking The Chinese know him as the savior of Nanking Other heroes emerge as well and so I will, after all, finish this book although the initial disgusting details really made me sick The movie John Rabe was excellent though He was only a Nazi in that he believed in the National Socialist Workers Party and his family has said he in no way supported the murder of the Jews in the Holocaust Evidence supports their cl [...]

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