Essay#2 - Caitlin Grossman HIST80Y Xiaoping Sun June 5 2007...

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Caitlin Grossman HIST80Y; Xiaoping- Sun June 5, 2007 Essay #2 The way anyone chooses to use evidence to support their cause, and disapprove of another will always either justify or discredit their argument. In the on going debate over whether the Nanking Massacre occurred or not, those who try to prove that it did not, select their words and facts carefully to strengthen their arguments. This selective use of evidence proves to fool impressionable readers into thinking that many nay-sayers of the Nanking Massacre present valid points; if one reads deeper this is not the case. It is clear in three different accounts of Japanese soldiers that their memories of the invasion of Nanking are subject to their own self censorship, their forgetfulness, and their emotions. In an interview with a Japanese soldier, Nohara Teishin, who fought in Nanking, there is a subtle selective use of words when he recounts his regiment’s entry into Nanking. After his regiment’s entry into the deserted city, Nohara claims that they did not kill the left over Chinese civilians but “made them live a ‘communal life’” (Cook & Cook, 33). While this may very well be true, it is hard to believe that the Chinese civilians captured were taken care of properly. Nohara chooses not to describe how they treated the civilians, and instead quickly moves onto discuss what a “grand city” Nanking
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This note was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course HIST 80Y taught by Professor Christyandyang during the Spring '07 term at UCSC.

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