Legacy of Genocide

opinion Essay
807 words
807 words

Throughout history, there were many kinds of genocides. Some revolves in hatred, tension, and revenge while others revolves in future conflicts, tensions, ethnics, etcetera. There are always legacies behind it and it’s scary what people can do. The legacy doesn’t affect me as much as the genocide, maybe because there weren’t as many blood sheds as the genocide itself. I believe the importance of legacy isn’t about revenge or anything bloody. In my case, my legacy revolves around hate. The legacy of genocides also affected my family and I. Because my mother hates the Japanese, she would always tell me the stay away from them and never be friends with even one Japanese. My mother would always end up telling me about the genocide that occurred in Nanking. She would describe everything in details that I would end up getting nightmares of the genocide for months. “The Japanese are enemies to us Chinese; you must remember what the Japanese did to us women back then.”, my mother would say. She went into details about what the Japanese did and the brutality that was shown during the war. During that period, my grandfather was a teacher and was teaching that time when the war occurred. Although my grandfather wasn’t in Nanking, he heard about the war. He would describe how brutal it was, moreover, how bloody the whole city of Nanking was. I would shiver thinking about what it would be like to witness the idea of genocide, but that would be scary because I know that I will end up hating the Japanese as much as my family do and I would be ending up getting nightmares for the rest of my life. I remembered that I once mentioned about the Japanese because of my curiosity. I would end up getting beaten sometimes because I mentioned the fo... ... middle of paper ... ...e ultimate violation of the rigid code of military honor” that has drilled into the Japanese soldiers since childhood. They viewed the Chinese as something less than human and that they’re unworthy of life, as stated in The History Place in Genocide in the 20th Century. Although the Chinese believe that hating the Japanese can solve the genocide that occurred, I disagree with them. I believe that hating won’t get you anywhere in life. I know that the importance of this genocide is cruel and disturbing, but hating the Japanese won’t solve anything. I understand that many lives were lost during this unnecessarily war, but holding a grudge over it isn’t going to solve anything. I believe that revenge will cause more revenges to occur in the future. My believe in the legacy of genocide is that there shouldn’t be a legacy about it because it leads you nowhere in life.

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that the importance of legacy isn't about revenge or anything bloody. in their case, their legacy revolves around hate.
  • Describes how their mother hated the japanese and would tell them to stay away from them. they would get nightmares about the genocide that occurred in nanking.
  • Recalls that they once mentioned about the japanese because of their curiosity. they would end up getting beaten sometimes because they mentioned the forbidden word, japanese. their mother would then mention how the men violated the women and had them killed afterwards.
  • Opines that the torture isn't over with just that. the japanese would lock people of all ages inside a building, set it on fire and take pleasure in the suffering that ensued.
  • Narrates how they learned that the genocide, the rape of nanking, wasn't written within the japanese history.
  • Explains that the japanese apologized to china, but the chinese still hold hatred towards them. they believe that giving up or surrendering is an unthinkable act of cowardice and the ultimate violation of the rigid code of military honor.
  • Disagrees with the chinese belief that hating the japanese can solve the genocide, and believes that revenge will cause more revenges in the future.
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