We Remember

The Nanjing Massacre was an organized, premeditated, anti-human massacre and rape by the Japanese invaders during the World War II. The massacre started from December 13, 1937 and it last for 6 weeks. Over 300,000 innocent people were killed by the Japanese army. 

When I was in Green River College in Seattle, in my writing class, I read “The Rape of Nanking” by Iris Chang. As a Chinese, although I have already known a lot about the Nanjing Massacre and learnt about that period in history class since primary school, the book still made a deep impression on me. I can never forget what Iris said about the power of one. 

“I want the Rape of Nanking to penetrate into public consciousness. Unless we truly understand how these atrocities can happen, we can't be certain that it won't happen again.”


“Please believe in THE POWER OF ONE.  One person can make an enormous difference in the world. One person — actually, one idea — can start a war, or end one, or subvert an entire power structure. One discovery can cure a disease or spawn new technology to benefit or annihilate the human race. You as ONE individual can change millions of lives. Think big. Do not limit your vision and do not ever compromise your dreams or ideals.”

— Iris Chang

In this series of photographs, I am not showing how cruel or how bad the massacre was. I want to share what I am thinking about as the later generations. After reading so much books or movies about the massacre, I found that I cannot even remember one of the names of the innocent civilians victim. The innocent people died in Nanjing massacre were just normal people like us. Lots of victims still didn’t get any justice today, and any excuses to “justify” for the invaders are unacceptable.