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electrotek  Aug 22, 2016 • 10:44:43am

This should also be required reading for everyone in India and Pakistan as well. So many people there also view nuclear weapons as child’s play.

Whenever the topic of Hiroshima comes up, it’s hard not to be emotional over it. After visiting the city last year for the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing, and breaking down numerous times while at the Museum, it’s extremely difficult for me. Still is, even after a year has passed.

I hope something like this never happens in our lifetime.

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William Lewis  Aug 22, 2016 • 4:28:10pm

The original magazine article is available online.

A Reporter At Large August 31, 1946 Issue HIROSHIMA By John Hersey

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teleskiguy  Aug 22, 2016 • 6:50:45pm

One of the most important books I’ve ever read. First time I read it, in college in 2000, I finished it in one sitting. I was stunned.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Aug 22, 2016 • 7:35:13pm

It’s compelling reading. Hersey puts a human face on the bombing.

Some of my Chinese students have asked me if Americans are still angry at Japan, or if we hate the Japanese. For the vast majority of Americans, the answer is no. But that’s not the case in China, which the Japanese occupied, brutally at times, for several years. Some Chinese young people hate Japan and its people, largely as a result of the ongoing propaganda by the government (and schools) to demonize Japan even now.

I wonder how a Hersey-like report of the effects on the Japanese occupation on the Japanese occupiers would have affected Chinese sentiments. If it could have been published, ever.

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unproven innocence  Aug 22, 2016 • 9:31:59pm

re: #3 teleskiguy

One of the most important books I’ve ever read. First time I read it, in college in 2000, I finished it in one sitting. I was stunned.

One consequence of reading this book in the summer of ‘62 —I took my high school math and science courses more seriously.

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electrotek  Aug 23, 2016 • 8:56:04am

re: #4 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

It’s compelling reading. Hersey puts a human face on the bombing.

Some of my Chinese students have asked me if Americans are still angry at Japan, or if we hate the Japanese. For the vast majority of Americans, the answer is no. But that’s not the case in China, which the Japanese occupied, brutally at times, for several years. Some Chinese young people hate Japan and its people, largely as a result of the ongoing propaganda by the government (and schools) to demonize Japan even now.

I wonder how a Hersey-like report of the effects on the Japanese occupation on the Japanese occupiers would have affected Chinese sentiments. If it could have been published, ever.

For all the hatred against Japan by the Chinese, it doesn’t stop them from embracing various aspects of Japanese culture either.

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electrotek  Aug 23, 2016 • 9:01:39am

re: #4 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

Furthermore, I find it fascinating that a country like Indonesia (in which they suffered during the Japanese occupation) does not hold a vendetta against them. Ironic, because they express disdain over the Dutch for occupying them for a long time but the Japanese had no problem using women in Indonesia as ‘comfort women’ (it may have been solely Dutch women that were used as such, but I can’t say for certain).

If you look at polls in the past few years, Indonesia is one of, if not the most, pro-Japan country in Asia in spite of that.

And this being a Muslim country on top of it.

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Ziggy_TARDIS  Aug 24, 2016 • 9:40:13am

re: #7 electrotek

I think part of it might be that Japan so thoroughly humiliated China. China, for millenia, tended to have a Sinocentric view of the world. Gradually, Europe humiliated them, but Japan really took it much farther.

Indonesia was not a singular state until very, very recently. And parts still may want to break of (Indonesian Papua, parts of the Moluccas, and I think a few others).


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