This summer Professor Yang Wei of the History Department has been conducting research in archives in Beijing and other cities in China, and also giving numerous guest lectures and talks there. Paul Harvey, former Chair of the Department, joined him for a brief period, and while there the two visited sites in Nanjing related to the area’s tragic and fascinating history during World War II, notably including the Nanjing Massacre of 1937. As part of the trip, the two investigated the newly renovated, and massive, Nanjing Massacre Museum, which is now more like a museum focusing on the entire global history of World War II. The museum presents a vivid accounting, sprawled across a huge building, of what the text refers to as the World Anti-Fascist Alliance from 1931 to 1945, and gives a rich historical narrative full of insight into how the Chinese view the history of the war.
While there both professors also gave lectures at Fujian Normal University in Fuzhou, China, where they were received warmly and graciously by new colleagues there. Below are a couple of photos of these visits.