After being shown footage of a massacre in China, primary school students in Hong Kong wept.
This documentary was shown on the occasion of the 84th anniversary that Japanese soldiers killed civilians in Nanking.
China observed Monday’s 80th Anniversary of the massacre in which hundreds died from disarmed soldiers and civilians.
Local media reported that parents complained about the decision. Counselling was offered to children.
Po Leung Kuk Taoist school said it would ‘consider children’s feelings’ and adjust teaching materials accordingly.
The Nanking Massacre (also known as the Rape of Nanking) was a series of mass murders and mass rapes by Japanese soldiers against Nanking residents during the Second Sino-Japanese War. 1937
In this image, the Chinese flag is flying at half mast at a memorial ceremony in Nanjing for the Nanking Massacre victims. It was taken by Xinhua News Agency.
The Hong Kong government has made Chinese history compulsory and stated that students will learn more about national security.
This comes after a law of national security was passed last year to address massive protests against government.
‘While learning history is of paramount importance, how to learn is something that we will defer to the education sector,’ Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam told a press conference yesterday.
‘We have very well-trained teachers, we have well-run schools.’
Face-mask wearing people hold flowers while they remember the Nanjing Massacre victims at a mass gravesite during Monday’s commemoration of 1937 Nanjing Massacre, Nanjing, eastern China’s Jiangsu Province, December 13, 2021
She has called for the strengthening of so-called patriotic education in schools, amid Beijing’s tightening grip on the city.
This atrocity took place from December 1937 through January 1938. Japanese soldiers were involved in mass murders and rape.
Nanking is a 200-mile west of Shanghai and an ancient Chinese capital. It’s now known as Nanjing.