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boycotting japanese goods in china

as i dug a little deeper on the anti-japanese incident, i realize i used the wrong word while tranlating that blog entry. it was not a parade; it was a demonstration and a protest against the japanese. during a banquet in the foreign language department of Xi Bei University on Oct. 30th, a japanese teacher and three japanese exchange students put on sexually suggestive costumes danced wildly while shouting “this is you chinese; you dirty chinese” in japanese. my description of what happened is translated from this message board post. many online news sources also reported the incident and regarded the dance as insulting and obscene. as the description of the performance spread around the school, students requested an apology from the japanese. when the university officials were unable to provide one, they demonstrated and protected in and out of the school. as reported, more than a thousand chinese students participated in the demonstration. Here are some pictures of the demonstrations.

the writing said: japanese bastards, get out (of china)

pedestraints watching student demonstration

click for some more photos

While searching topics regarding the demonstration, i also realized the reviving boycotting japanese goods trend in china. this trend was encouraged by the incident but didn’t root from there. i’m still a bit perplexed as what originally started this boycotting. wang jian shuo talked about boycotting japanese car as early as Oct. 4th. i found a huge debate considering the boycotting when i did a search on boycotting japanese goods at baidu (chinese google). some argued boycotting is useless and hard to propagate as it’s not war time while others cheered the student’s effords and spirits. some extremist had tied the incident with rape of nanking and argued the japanese had always had race superiority over chinese from the fact they were never made to make proper apology and compensation over the brutal war in china. a book about the rape of nanking was not able to publish in japan. this whole thing is rather interesting. history is not easy to forget and put aside. i feel for the students. i wonder how big the boycotting truly is in china.

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