Recently, the mayor of Nagoya, Japan, foolishly denied the Nanjing massacre of 1937. Considering the strained relationship of China and Japan, a denial of one of the greatest affronts against Chinese citizens by the Japanese army during World War II hardly seems an advisable idea. The denial fanned the flames under micro-loggers all around China, who compared it to Mahmoud Ahmadijenad’s denial of a Holocaust at the UN meeting. Sinaweibo was afire with the insulted thoughts of Chinese citizen. Many even called for a cease of relations with Nagoya (which happens to be the sister city to Nanjing).
To read the full article, click here. (Bloomberg 8 March 2012)
Although not a particularly well-covered topic in the west, this situation illuminates the way that Chinese netizens can take an event to heart and blog to their heart’s content. It seems their internet culture is as equally rapid and evolving as that of Western nations. It would be interesting to see how long the outrage continues.