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The Rape of Nanking

A powerpoint on one of the most largest massacres in history: The Nanking Massacre.
by Everest Liu on 3 January 2011

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Transcript of The Rape of Nanking

THE RAPE OF NANKING A PROJECT BY EVEREST LIU What is the Nanking Massacre? The Nanking Massacre, known as "The Rape of Nanking", is a simultaneous gendercide on Chinese women and men by Japanese during World War II. When did the Nanking Massacre occur? The massacre occured between 1937-1938, when World War II was raging. Why did the Nanking Massacre occur in the first place? As Japanese troops captured Nanjing on December 13, 1937, they were given a direct order from Emperor Hirohito's uncle, Yasuhiko Asaka, to "kill all captives". Because of that order, the troops executed Chinese men and raped Chinese women to their deaths. Who were involved in the Nanking Massacre? As mentioned before, the Chinese people that lived in Nanjing were the victims, and the Japanese troops that invaded Nanjing were the "antagonists." What happened in the Nanking massacre? During World War II, Japanese troops invaded China. After successfully taking over the city Shanghai in November 12, 1937, they invaded and captured the imperial capital Nanjing in December 13, 1937. With orders from Yasuhiko Asaka, troops executed Nanjing's residents by gendercide, which is the systematic killing of members of a certain sex. For the Chinese males, Japanese troops rounded them up and used them for "target practice" using machine guns or bayonets. Some males were even tortured to death by fire, gasoline, and other chemicals. But for the Chinese females, it was completely different. While a few got killed the same way as the males, most of them got raped to death. Almost everywhere in Nanjing, the Japanese were raping women and young girls ages 9-70. How does the Nanking Massacre portray the negative elements of Human Nature? The Nanking Massacre clearly demonstrates the cruelty of people, which is a negative element of Human Nature. Related to the genocide of Jews from Germans, the gendercide of Chinese from Japanese showed that although some people have good Human Nature, power-obsessed people can abuse Human Nature. Why is the Nanking Massacre important? The Nanking Massacre shows how the non-military population are also affected by World War II. It also shows the true nature of power-hungry people who will stop at nothing to have control of the world. What does the Nanking Massacre represent about Humanity? The Nanking Massacre represents the cruel human nature of some aspects of Humanity. Such include the Japanese, who even made the residents of Nanjing suffer. Why did Everest Liu choose the Nanking Massacre as his project? Everest Liu chose the Nanking Massacre because it's a huge event worth researching, as it was one of the most famous, largest massacres in world history. Also, Everest is Chinese-American, and he wants to learn more about China and its relations with other countries. What message can students learn from the Nanking Massacre? Why should the Nanking Massacre should be taught in History class? The Nanking Massacre was a cause from World War II, which is taught in History class; it's also related to the Holocaust. Plus, it described a terrible event that students should learn, so it will never happen again. Source Citations:
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"The Rape of Nanking." Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. History: War. Detroit: Gale, 2009. Gale Student Resources In Context. Web. 22 Dec. 2010.

Jones, Adams. “Case Study: The Nanjing Massacre, 1937-38.” Gendercide Watch.
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And that's all, folks! Students can learn from the result of the Nanking Massacre that power can easily be abused and used wrongly, which can affect almost everyone. A "SEA" OF BODIES How many people were killed in the Nanking Massacre? Iris Chang, the author of "The Rape of Nanking", stated, "The Japanese would take any men they found as prisoners, neglect to give them water or food for days, but promise them food and work. After days of such treatment, the Japanese would bind the wrists of their victims securely with wire or rope and herd them out to some isolated area. The men, too tired or dehydrated to rebel, went out eagerly, thinking they would be fed. By the time they saw the machine guns, or the bloodied swords and bayonets wielded by waiting soldiers, or the massive graves, heaped and reeking with the bodies of the men who had preceded them, it was already too late to escape." In the Nanking Massacre, a total of 200,000 Nanjing residents, men and women, were killed by the Japanese. 20,000 through 80,000 of them were women killed by rape.
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