cassowary wrote: ↑
Thu Jan 06, 2022 12:34 am
Singapore is flooded with CCP propaganda via WhatsApp and WeChat. One point they make is that many of Taiwan’s leaders (those who want independence) have Japanese blood and thus not true Chinese. This is probably not true or exaggerated. Just like I heard someone telling me that Taiwan's current pro-Independence President is aboriginal and thus not true Chinese.
During WWII, many Taiwanese served in the Japanese Imperial Army.
A prominent pro-Independence activist, Koo Kwang Ming
, was accused of not being a real Chinese but secretly Japanese or at least partly of Japanese descent.
Unlike, other populations, the Taiwanese have a postive view of Japanese colonialism. After Japan surrendered Taiwan to the Republic of China, things declined for the Taiwanese. The corrupt Kuomintang misruled the country. There was a riot and an insurrection against mainland rule. The Japanese actually ruled the country better than their fellow Chinese from the mainland. So the Taiwanese revolted. Mainland Chinese were targetted. Soon, fresh troops from the mainland arrived and put down the rebellion. There was a massacre, called the 228 incident
I have heard this Cass - and thanks for confirming my impression.
My father told me how, during his wartime service in New Guinea, among the Japanese captive POW's he questioned late in the War was a Taiwanese. He had been a railway ticket clerk before the war and spoke reasonably fluent English. My dad conveyed the impression that he and other Australian soldiers did not think badly of the Yaiwanese.
However the worst and most dispised elements within the Japanese Imperial army were their Korean conscripts. Yhe worst cruelties were apparently committed by these rather than by the ethnic Japanese soldiers themselves.
To illustrate, they had a unit of Korean captives incarcarated in a POW camp. Conditions in all WW2 POW camps were basic but at least the Australians installed rows of cealing lights inside the barricks that housed them.
One morning a barefoot New Guinea native employed by the Australian army to carry food to these POWS stopped at the gate because he saw something amiss. There was a puddle of dirty rainwater at the gate which he had to wade through to reach the barricks with the food. It had an electric wire running to it from the nearest barracks. A typical New Guinea native of those times had only taken one step out of the stone age and therefore wouuld not have known how electric power works. But this native bearer had the intuitive good sense to back away and report it to his NCO.
During the night those Korean POW's had unraveled the live wiring from their row of overhead lights and ran it down to that pool of rainwater. Had that native stepped into that puddle he would have been electrocuted to death.
I asked my father 'why they did that?' and he answered "it was their idea of a joke."
My father finished by alluding that the Japenese could be and often were cruel in their line of duty 'but they had their bounds. Had these been Japanese captives they would probably never have sunk so low.'
One would think that Koreans, themselves allegedly at the time an oppressed people living for decades under Japanese occupation would have developed an almost instinctive sympathy for other oppressed peoples living at the time under Japanese rule and abstained from committing gratituous atrocities: but in practice the opposite was true. When allowed a certain amount of latitude by their Japanese officers they exceeded the Japanese in atrocities agasinst defenceless pwoplw. I have talked to Pilipinos who had lived under Japanese occupation; Australian POW's in Japanese hands etc and they all say the same: the lowest of the very low in Japanese army uniform were the Koreans.
The Korean nation has suffered greatly from 40 years of Japanese occupation and abuse; the catastrophe of the Korean War followed by the past 7 decades of division into two mutually antagannistic states. If what I have described above represents the sum of Korean peasant morality as it was in the first half of the 20th century then I can only conclude that the Korean nation deserved it all as a form of divine retribution for being such malicious fuckwits.