Study Tour

The 2017 Peace and Reconciliation Asia Study Tour will occur July 14-27, 2017 (14 days/13 nights). A report of the 2015 Peace and Reconciliation Asia Study Tour can be found in the Events page.  There will be 16 participants accompanying Don Tow on this Study Tour.

The 16 participants consist of 9 from the U.S. (4 from NJ, 2 from CA, 1 from NM, and 2 from HI), 6 from Canada (3 from Toronto, 3 from Vancouver), and 1 from Hong Kong, covering the following professions:  teachers/educators, film makers, historians & researchers, lawyers, community leaders, and activists.

Itinerary: The 2017 Study Tour will be a two-week immersion program in the history of WWII in Asia, focusing on the atrocities experienced by the Chinese and Koreans.  We will visit Shanghai, Quzhou, Nanjing, Beijing, Harbin, and Seoul, South Korea.

Below is a brief summary of the itinerary:

  1. Shanghai (7/14-17):
    • Comfort Women Research Center of Shanghai Normal University
    • Sihang Warehouse Museum:  Site of famous battle in Shanghai in 1937
    • One-day excursion to Quzhou to visit the “Quzhou Museum on Japanese Germ Warfare in China” (侵华日军细菌战衢州展览馆)
    • Shanghai Bund and Shanghai skyline
    • Comfort Houses
  2. Nanjing (7/17-7/19):
    • Ginling College (part of the International Safety Zone)
    • “The Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders” (also known as the Nanking Massacre Museum)
    • Presentation by Tamaki Matsuoka, known as “The Conscience of Japan,” and see her documentary “Torn Memories of Nanjing”
    • Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Mausoleum
    • John Rabe and International Safety Zone Memorial Hall
  3. Beijing (7/19-7/22):
    • Meeting with Mr. Tong Zeng to discuss “Chinese citizens’ civil claims against Japan:  1990-2017”
    • Meeting with attorney Kang Jian to discuss “review of litigation between Chinese citizens and Japanese government and corporations:  Comfort women, biological and chemical warfare, and slave laborers”
    • Tiananmen Square
    • Marco Polo Bridge and “Museum of the War of Chinese People’s Resistance Against Japanese Aggression” (also known as WWII History Museum)
    • Great Wall at Mutinyu
  4. Harbin (7/22-7/24):
    • “Museum of War Crime Evidence by Japanese Army Unit 731” (also known as Unit 731 Museum)
    • Jewish Museum of History and Culture
  5. Seoul, South Korea (7/24-7/27):
    • “War and Women’s Human Rights Museum” of “The Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan”
    • “House of Sharing and the Museum of Sexual Slavery for Japanese Military”
    • New Comfort Women Memorial “Korean and Chinese Women Statues of Peace”
    • New Comfort Women site at Nam San
    • Weekly Comfort Women Rally in front of Japanese Embassy in Seoul

The tour will include discussions with victims/survivors, eyewitnesses, museum curators, Chinese/Japanese/Korean historians and researchers, NGO community leaders and activists, legal experts and other professionals.

This tour is intended for people who are interested to learn more about the history of WWII in Asia and how that history has been largely neglected, and are willing to do something to rectify those injustices and help to prevent that kind of atrocity from being repeated in the future anywhere in the world.

Cost: The total cost of the tour is estimated to be approximately $4,700 U.S. NJ-ALPHA will provide each participant with a fellowship that will pay for all the in-country (in-China and in-Korea) expenses (including room, board, domestic travel by bus, train, plane, admission charges, and tour guide expenses), estimated to be approximately $2,700 U.S. The participant will be responsible for his/her international travel (including the cost of the flight from Harbin to Seoul), visa application fees, and 4 meals (mostly on trains or at airports), which are expected to total approximately $2,000 U.S. (not counting miscellaneous personal expenses, if any).

Previous Reflections:
For a reflection of the 2015 study tour:
For a reflection of the 2008 study tour:

Testimonies of NJ-ALPHA Tour Participants:
The testimonies of all non-staff NJ-ALPHA members for 2014 as well as previous years can be found below:

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