70th Anniversary Commemoration of the End of WWII in Asia: 9/9/15 Event at Monmouth County Library HQs

An almost full room of people had a very meaningful, educational, and enjoyable evening on an event that featured three different types of programs:

  • Recollection by Mr. Chu-Yeh Chang of his experience as a 14-year-old boy who was a victim and survivor of the Nanking Massacre causes one to ask how can humans do such inhumane actions to other humans
  • Very educational talk by Dr. Don Tow on “The Doolittle Raid: Mission Impossible and Its Impact on the U.S. and China”
  • Most enjoyable rendition of several popular and WWII songs sung by internationally acclaimed and Global Music Awards winner Mr. Chai-lun Yueh

2015 Peace and Reconciliation Asia Study Tour: July 9-23, 2015

The 2015 Peace and Reconciliation Asia Study Tour took place successfully July 9-23, 2015.  The NJ-ALPHA organized tour visited Shanghai, Zhenjiang, Nanjing, Harbin, and Beijing in China.  Originally the tour was supposed to visit also Seoul.  Because of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), the visit to Seoul was cancelled and a couple extra days were added to Beijing.   There were 17 participants from the U.S., Canada, and Hong Kong, with most being teachers/educators at the middle school, high school, and college levels.   We visited and had discussions with many leading researchers, historians, activists, and legal experts on comfort women, slave laborers, Nanking Massacre,  biological/chemical warfare, as well as visiting a residence of several Chinese WWII veterans (four male soldiers and one female nurse).   The sessions that had the greatest impacts and were most remembered deeply by the participants were the testimonies from a former comfort woman, a former slave laborer, two victims/survivors of the Nanking Massacre, two victims/survivors of explosions from WWII-left over chemical weapons, and a daughter of a man who was murdered by the Japanese military via vivisection.

All the participants described the study tour as a life-changing, once-in-a-lifetime experience, and committed themselves to incorporate this part of history into the courses they teach and facilitate other teachers to do likewise, and help make this part of history more widely-known.  The participants’ testimonies are posted in the Study Tour page.

The next Peace and Reconciliation Asia Study Tour will take place in the summer of 2017.  There will not be a study tour in the summer of 2016.

First NY-ALPHA Event: 12/11/14 at Queensboro Community College

We are beginning to establish a NY-ALPHA. Our first event on 12/11/14 was jointly sponsored with the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives of the Queensboro Community College in Queens. For that event we showed the documentary “Torn Memories of Nanjing” produced and directed by the Japanese school teacher and journalist Tamaki Matsuoka, who dedicated more than 25 years of her life to find out what really happened at the Nanking Massacre.  She interviewed more than 250 former Japanese soldiers who were in Nanking during that period and over 300 Chinese survivors and eyewitnesses of the Nanking Massacre.

Talks and Films about the “Forgotten Atrocity” of WWII, Madison Public Library, NJ, 4/19/14

Talks and Films about the “Forgotten Atrocity” of WWII at the Madison Public Library:

  • “Brief Overview of the “Forgotten Atrocity” of WWII
    Don M. Tow:  Ph.D. and President of NJ-ALPHA (15 minutes)
  •  “John Magee’s Testament”
    Private film by American missionary John Magee during the Nanking Massacre in 1937 (25 minutes)
  •  “Unit 731 Japanese Human Medical Experiments”
    Part 2 of 5-part program from History Channel – 1998 (10 minutes)
  • “Torn Memories of Nanjing”
    Abridged version of documentary film by Tamaki Matsuoka (13 minutes)
  •  “Good People Facing Atrocities”
    Sharon Dolled:  Special Education Teacher, Memorial Middle School, Howell, and participant of the 2012 Peace & Reconciliation Asia Study Tour (30 minutes)

Click here for the flyer of the event

Free Public Seminar – “Chinese Comfort Women: Testimonies from Imperial Japan’s Sex Slaves”, Princeton University, 5/3/14


A talk by Professor Peipei Qiu, Louise Boyd Dale and Alfred Lichtenstein Professor of Chinese and Japanese, and Director of Asian Studies Program, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY.  Professor Qiu is the primary author (with Su Zhiliang and Chen Lifei) of new book Chinese Comfort Women: Testimonies from Imperial Japan’s Sex Slaves – Oxford Oral History Series (2014)

“This book is heart-rending and courageous. It gives voice, for the first time in English, to the Chinese women enslaved by the Japanese armies during the invasion and occupation of China. I finished it with a great respect for the victims whose stories are told here and for the historians who have brought them to light.” – Review by Diana Lary, author of The Chinese People at War:  Human Suffering and Social Transformation, 1937-1945.”

“The individual histories documented in this book are very moving, particularly because they include discussion of the family backgrounds of these women before the war and of their experiences in later life.” – Review by Tessa Morris-Suzuki, author of Borderline Japan: Foreigners and Frontier Controls in the Postwar Era.

“The stories/illustrations used are very moving and will yield heart-wrenching response from the reader.  This book rebuts the deniers’ arguments with facts and figures as well as survivors’ testimonies, but not in a Japan bashing way.  This is the first English book on this subject matter using Chinese, Japanese, and English sources.”  –  Review by Thekla Lit, President of British Columbia ALPHA in Canada

The event is sponsored by the NJ Alliance for Learning & Preserving the History of WWII in Asia (NJ-ALPHA) and the Association of Chinese Students and Scholars at Princeton University (ACSSPU).

Click her for the flyer of the event

2014 Peace and Reconciliation Asia Study Tour: July 12-24, 2014

The 2014 Peace and Reconciliation Asia Study Tour took place July 12-24, 2014.  The tour visited Shanghai, Nanjing, and Harbin in China, and Seoul in South Korea.  The 2014 tour was organized by Toronto ALPHA.  There was a total of 19 participants from Canada and the U.S., including teachers, educators, film producers, lawyers, and other professionals.  NJ-ALPHA sent six people to the tour (including two NJ-ALPHA staff members).  Based on the feedback from the participants, the tour was very educational and successful.   From the Study Tour page, you can read the testimonies from the NJ-ALPHA participants from 2014 and earlier years.

Ongoing Event: Fundraising Campaign

We have an ongoing fundraising campaign soliciting contributions from individuals, foundations, and companies. Our largest expense each year is the fellowships we provide to help sponsor a group of participants to the Peace and Reconciliation Asia Study Tour. The target participants are:

  • High school/middle school/college teachers/educators
  • Reporters/journalists, film makers, lawyers, other professionals
  • Community leaders, activists

The Asia Study Tour is an intensive two-week immersion program to enhance the participants’ understanding of the historical, cultural, and political background of the Asian countries during the Asia-Pacific War 1931-1945. More information about the Asia Study Tour can be found in the “Study Tour” page.

The donations are also used to support a variety of programs that NJ-ALPHA sponsors each year for our schools and our communities. The services of all NJ-ALPHA officers are donated.

We especially encourage donors to seek matching contributions from their employers via programs such as United Way.

We have received donations from many people, and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts. A contribution of $3,000 will sponsor one participant for the Asia Study Tour, and the donor can name a fellowship to honor a person or an organization of the donor’s choice for one year. If one contributes $15,000, then the donor can name a fellowship to honor a person or an organization of the donor’s choice for five years. For the 2017 Asia Study Tour, NJ-ALPHA would like to sponsor 15 participants, and that alone would require $45,000.

We have the following categories of donors:

  • Benefactors: $15,000 or more
  • Sponsors: $3,000 – $14,999
  • Diamond Donors: $1,000 – $2,999
  • Platinum Donors: $500 – $999
  • Gold Donors: $300 – $499
  • Silver Donors: $100 – $299
  • Bronze Donors: Any amount up to $99

A receipt will be sent whenever a donation is received.

NJ-ALPHA is an established non-profit educational 501(c)(3) organization duly registered with the U.S. federal government (Federal Tax I.D. # is 73-1734843). We welcome your tax-deductible donations of any amount. Checks should be made payable to NJ-ALPHA, and mailed to:

P. O. Box 1121
Piscataway, NJ 08855

Film and Presentation at Monmouth County Library on May 16, 2013

May 16, 2013
This program, held at the Monmouth County Library in Manalapan and co-sponsored by the Monmouth County Library, consisted of two items:

  • Showing the abridged (13 minutes) version of the documentary “Torn Memories of Nanjing,” a documentary made by the award-winning Japanese teacher and journalist Tamaki Matsuoka who invested 24 years of her life to try to find out what happened during the Nanking Massacre. She interviewed over 250 former Japanese soldiers who were stationed in Nanking in 1937-1938 and over 300 Chinese survivors of the Nanking Massacre. This documentary summarizes the findings of her video-recorded interviews.
  • Ms. Sharon Dolled, a Special Education Teacher at the Memorial Middle School in Howell, spoke on “Good People Facing Atrocities.” Ms. Dolled participated in the 2012 Peace and Reconciliation Asia Study Tour sponsored by NJ-ALPHA, during which she visited China, South Korea, and Hong Kong.