Flying Tigers veteran: Japan should first apologize to China

Updated 2016-12-26 09:30:55 CRIENGLISH.com

A Chinese-American veteran of World War II has said that Japan should first apologize to China for what the Japanese military did during the war, the Xinhua News Agency reports.

John Yee was chosen to work as a translator with the 1st American Volunteer Group (AVG) of the Chinese Air Force, also known as the Flying Tigers, who landed in Kunming city, Yunnan province to join the fight against the Japanese two weeks after the Pearl Harbor attack in December, 1941.

In an open letter to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who will pay a visit to Pearl Harbor later this month, 95-year-old Yee recalled the Nanjing Massacre: "It was a horrible, sickening event, and shocked everybody in China. It started a long period of atrocities committed by the Japanese military against innocent Chinese people."

"Just like Hitler trying to exterminate the Jews in Europe, the Japanese committed genocide against the Chinese," Yee said. "But Western educators and media have yet to recognize the extent of the atrocities committed by Japan."

Describing Abe's visit to Pearl Harbor as "U.S.-Japan theater," Yee said the first people the Japanese should be apologizing to are the Chinese, for their invasion of China and the murders of millions of Chinese people.

"It seems like more Japanese-American back-rubbing in Pearl Harbor this month," said Yee. "There are several countries that Japan should apologize to, and China is at the top of the list."

Yee went to the U.S. in 1942 and later became a history professor at the University of Denver and University of Colorado. He enjoyed an award-winning, 30-year teaching career.

Also in the News

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time
Showbiz2016/06/16 13:58June 24 2017 01:26:51

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time

Attending Shanghai International Film Festival, Nicole Kidman talks about her role in "Grace of Monaco".

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts
Also in the News2014/05/01 12:16June 24 2017 01:26:51

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'
Also in the News2014/04/18 13:18June 24 2017 01:26:51

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'

Hollywood star Johnny Depp's speech in the upcoming new film "Transcendence" has been disclosed on Friday, April 11th.

Most Watched

News:
China World Business Sports Showbiz Audio
Video:
C4 My Chinese Life The Sound Stage China Revealed Showbiz Video Travel Video
Photos:
China World Fun Travel Entertainment Sports
Travel:
Beijing Shanghai Guangzhou
Lifestyle:
Live Music Opera & Classical Movies Traditional Shows Exhibitions
Learn Chinese:
Chinese Studio Living Chinese Everyday Chinese Just For Fun Chinese Culture Buzzwords