Place identity or place identities: the case of the memorial to the victims of Nanjing (Nanking) Massacre, China

John J. Lennon, Du Wei, David Litteljohn

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Abstract

The Nanjing Massacre refers to an atrocity that took place from 13 December 1937 until the end of January 1938 in Nanking (now Nanjing), the then capital of the Republic of China (1912-49). Arguably up to 300, 000 Chinese civilians and military personnel were systematically massacred by Imperial Japanese soldiers during these six weeks. Women of all ages were raped and killed in a brutal man- ner while much of the city was looted and burnt. This left a long shadow in the relationship between China and Japan and gave the site of the Nanjing Massacre an iconic and dark historic resonance for both countries.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDark Tourism and Place Identity: Managing and Interpreting Dark Places
EditorsLeanne White, Elspeth Frew
PublisherRoutledge
Pages46-59
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781136483134
ISBN (Print)9780415809658
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013

Keywords

  • Nanking Massacre
  • atrocities
  • dark tourism
  • China
  • memorials

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