Saturday | August 18, 2018

Chen Chun Hua

Chen Chunhua is a Chinese citizen who was a victim of Japanese germ warfare during the Second World War.  She and her team are actively seeking justice and medical treatment for the ways in which she and so many others were attacked and harmed during that distant conflict.  One of her advocates, Mr. Wu Jianping,  is currently the President of the Quzhou Germ Warfare Victims Association, and he is using his position to advocate for himself and so many others whose claims are still not being acknowledged by the Japanese.  Ms. Chen was a child during the war, and she has suffered from rotten leg syndrome through her whole adult life, with successful treatment only being discovered in in the last few years.   The physicians who treated her, Zhang Yuanhai and Ye Chunjiang, of Zhejiang Quhua Hospital in Quzhou are heard here as well, discussing how they dealy with Mrs. Chen and the hundreds of other vicitims in the Quzhou region.

Ms. Chen and her team of physicians and advocates spoke to participants on the Alpha Education Peace and Reconciliation Tour in July 2017, with the hope that her story carries a message of social justice to future generations.  Translation was facilitated by Wu Jianping, Zhang Yuanhai and Shelby Song, one of the tour participants.

In July 2017 Crestwood teacher Scott Masters took part in Alpha Education’s Peace and Reconciliation Tour.  Seventeen educators, activists, lawyers, and documentarians toured China and Korea, learning about the Asian perspective on the Second World War, and exploring ways to raise awareness of this side of the war to a non-Asian audience.  The tour was organized by Don Tow, as part of his ongoing efforts to stimulate social justice education and to improve Asian-American understanding and relationships.

Please note that this interview is in Chinese, with the English translation at the end of each segment.

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