2015 Peace and Reconciliation Asia Study Tour
The 2015 Peace and Reconciliation Asia Study Tour will be organized by NJ-ALPHA, and is scheduled for July 9-23, 2015. It will be one of our most comprehensive tours, and will visit Shanghai, Nanjing, Harbin, Beijing, and Seoul. The tour will include discussions with survivors, eyewitnesses, museum curators, Chinese/Japanese/Korean historians and researchers, NGO activists and attorneys. A number of topics will be covered, including:
- comfort women
- biological and chemical warfare
- Nanking Massacre
- Rabe Museum, Ginling College and American missionary Minnie Vautrin
- forced laborers
- litigation in Japanese and Chinese courts on comfort women, forced laborers, and germ warfare
- international textbook unification
This tour is intended for people who are interested to learn more about the history of WWII in Asia and how this history has been largely neglected, and furthermore, are willing to do something to rectify these injustices, as well as preventing this kind of atrocity from being repeated in the future anywhere in the world. Participants could be teachers, educators, film producers, journalists, lawyers, community leaders, or other professionals.
Cost: A more detailed itinerary will be provided later. The total cost of the tour is currently estimated to be approximately $4,650 U.S. (the exact cost will depend on factors such as the exact air travel costs and the conversion rate between U.S. dollar and the Chinese yuan). For those participants sponsored by NJ-ALPHA, NJ-ALPHA will provide 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). This NJ-ALPHA fellowship is expected to be approximately $2,650 U.S. The participant will be responsible for his/her international travel (including from Beijing to Seoul) and visa application fees; the participant’s expenses are expected to total approximately $2,000 U.S. (not counting miscellaneous personal expenses, if any) For those participants sponsored by other ALPHA-like organizations, the amount of financial support, if any, is determined by their sponsoring organization.
We also welcome applicants who are qualified but do not need any financial support or only partial financial support.
Application: The application deadline is February 20, 2015, and the participants will be selected by early April 2015. Click 2015_AsiaStudyTour_ApplicationForm for the Application form.
See below for the testimonies of NJ-ALPHA participants of previous study tours.
2014 Peace and Reconciliation Asia Study Tour
The 2014 Peace and Reconciliation Asia Study Tour has been successfully completed. The tour was organized by Toronto ALPHA. There was a total of 19 participants, with six representing NJ-ALPHA. The tour took place July 12-24, 2014, and visited Shanghai, Nanjing, Harbin, and Seoul. NJ-ALPHA sent six participants (including staff members) to this tour.
A reflection of this tour can be found in: http://www.dontow.com/2014/09/reflections-from-2014-peace-reconciliation-asia-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::
- Doug Cervi (2006)
- Bob Holden (2006)
- Catherine Matysik (2007)
- Christine McSpirit (2007)
- Young Yoon (2007)
- Frances Flannery (2008)
- Steven Marcus (2008)
- Maryann McLoughlin (2008)
- Rosemarie Wilkinson (2008)
- Leah Brown-Klein (2009)
- Renqia Yu (2009)
- Derek Khoudja (2011)
- Barbara Wind (2011)
- Barbara Boyer (2012)
- Sharon Dolled (2012)
- Barbara Hadzima (2012)
- Robert Gangi (2014)
- Robin Lung (2014)
- Debra Maller (2014)
- John McLaughlin (2014)