You cannot help but learn more as you take the world into your hands. Take it up reverently, for it is an old piece of clay, with millions of thumbprints on it.
– John Updike
80th Anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre Commemorative Concert
Wednesday, December 13, 2017.
80 years ago, on December 13, 1937, Imperial Japanese forced captured China's capital, Nanjing, in a 6-week campaign with over 200,00 causalities and the rape of tens of thousands of women. To keep alive the memories of the victims and survivors, we solemnly commemorated the anniversary of this event in the spirit of future peace and reconciliation. The evening featured music from the Canadian Sinfonietta and the Canadian Sinfonietta Youth Orchestra, conducted by Mr. Tak Lai, as well as a poem titled Praying for Peace, and a keynote speech from Dr. Hung Cheng, author of Nanjing Never Cries.
75th Anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre, December 2012
In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre, ALPHA Education hosted an event at OISE, University of Toronto to pay tribute to the victims of the atrocity, and to promote awareness of the historical event in the community. Over 400 people attended including Ms. Tamaki Matsuoka, decades-long researcher, author and film maker of the Nanjing Massacre, and a survivor.
Holocaust Education Week (HEW)
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Our HEW presentations, "Disclosure, Denial, and Demands for Justice: Pivotal Moments following the Asia-Pacific War”, showed how the hidden past of survivors and lost histories of WWII have been unveiled and disclosed through testimony, research, and the efforts of human rights advocates. Alongside such disclosures have also come revisionist narratives and denials of atrocities as “fabrications”. These denials and their kinship with Holocaust denial were addressed and historically contextualized. Our presentations ended with 2 student researchers sharing their findings from their internships and archival research, illustrating how academic efforts can support the ongoing search for justice for survivors.