Upcoming Event: 9/11/13
Special Exhibition and Presentation
A special exhibition and
presentation on "Japan's Biological and Chemical Warfare
in China" will be held at the Student Life Center at
Brookdale Community College (BCC) in Lincroft, NJ. A
50-panel display will be provided by Beijing's "Museum
of the War of Chinese People's Resistance Against
Japanese Aggression." This event is co-sponsored
with BCC's Center for WWII Studies and Conflict
Resolution and BCC's Asia Society.
9/11/13, 10:00 AM - 9:30 PM
9/11/13, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Mr. Li Zongyuan (李宗远),
Vice Curator of the Beijing Museum, "Japanese
Imperial Army's Germ and Chemical Warfare in China:
Guilt and Responsibility" (侵华日军在中国实施的细菌战和化学战罪责)
Mr. Daniel Barenblatt,
author of the book A
Plague Upon Humanity
Come to learn more about this
important but not widely-known part of history. This
exhibition and presentation will be especially
meaningful in light of recent developments in Japan in
denying many of the things that happened during WWII in
Asia. It is also significant for the American people
because of the U.S. government's tacit approval and
involvement with Japan's post-WWII development, and has
important implications for world stability and peace.
To see the two flyers of this event, click
Ongoing Event: Implementing Five Year (2011-2015)
Recognizing that we have made
significant progress along the direction of NJ-ALPHA's
objective, we have formulated a five-year (2011-2015)
strategic plan to expand our program. To implement
this expanded program, NJ-ALPHA needs about $160,000 over
these five years, with about 55% of that to support the
Peace and Reconciliation Asia Study Tour Program.
In the past, we have established
several Asia Study Tour Education Fellowships:
first one we established is called the "Chang Chu-Yeh
Education Fellowship for Asia Study Tour" in honor of
Mr. Chang Chu-Yeh, who is a Nanking Massacre survivor
and eyewitness who has given many
talks about his personal
experiences during the Nanking Massacre. Although
each time giving such talk brings back extremely painful
memory of the events that he and his family experienced,
he nevertheless has continued to do so, because he
believes that it is important not to forget that part of
Another is called the "Iris Chang Education Fellowship
for Asia Study Tour," in honor of the famous late Iris
Chang, author of the best-selling book
The Rape of Nanking:
The Forgotten Holocaust of WWII.
one is the "Berkeley Chinese Center Education Fellowship
for Asia Study Tour," in honor of the Berkeley Chinese
Center that had a significant impact on the life of the
anonymous donor when he was a student at the University
of California at Berkeley. See the next item
"Fundraising Campaign" for additional information.
Event: Fundraising Campaign
We have started a major fundraising
campaign soliciting contributions from individuals,
foundations, and companies (for the Executive Summary of the
Fundraising Campaign, click
here). Anyone or
organization who contributes $3,000 (or $15,000) can name a
fellowship in honor of a loved one, a company, or a
foundation for one year (or five years).
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). Your
contributions are fully tax deductible. Checks should
be made payable to NJ-ALPHA, and mailed to NJ-ALPHA, P. O.
Box 1121, Piscataway, NJ 08855.
In January 2013, we received two
large contributions ($1,000 each). One donation came
from Victor Yung, a frequent contributor to NJ-ALPHA and a
Co-Founder of NJ-ALPHA and a former President of NJ-ALPHA.
The other donation came from Albert and Lucia Yeh, who had
also previously established an Asia Study Tour Fellowship
with a $3,000 contribution. Almost two years ago, we
received the largest contribution commitment to date to
NJ-ALPHA: A $15,000 donation over five years to set up a
"Berkeley Chinese Center Education Fellowship for Asia Study
Tour," which will support one teacher/educator per year to
participate in the Asia Study Tour for each of the next five
years beginning with 2012. The donor wants to remain
anonymous, but agreed that we can refer to him by his
nickname "Sai Chung." Click
here for additional information
Sai Chung and the Berkeley Chinese Center.
Although we have had some success
in getting donations, we are far from our goal as stated in
our five-year strategic plan.
- 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
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.
January 3, 2013: Genocide Panel
Discussion at the West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North
in Plainsboro, NJ. It was a very successful full-school-day event for 300-400 10th/11th grade world history
students. The program started in the morning with the
film "Schlindler's List." After lunch, the panel discussion
chaired by Dr. Paul Winkler with five panelists: Jerry
Ehrlich, M.D. (on Darfur), Dr. Vera Goodkin (on Holocaust),
Eugenie Mukeshimana (on Rwanda), Dr. Nuran Nabi (on
Bangladesh), and Dr. Don Tow (on Nanking). The students
were captivated for over two and a half hours by the
discussion of genocides in five different parts of the world
by this panel of survivors and activists. The students asked many
relevant questions, including how they can contribute to
stopping genocides from reoccurring. Everyone involved
thought that this event not only increased the knowledge of
the students on these historical events, but may also lead
to some follow-on actions by these students.
shows that with proper support from the teachers and school
administrators, worthwhile events such as this could be held
at other schools. The event could range from a
full-day or half-day program discussing multiple genocides
to a one-hour program covering just one genocide. NJ-ALPHA
plans to organize more events of this type in 2013 focusing
on the Asian genocide.
- December 7-8, 2012: A major
conference "75th Anniversary Commemoration of the Nanking
Massacre" was held at Brookdale Community College
(BCC). It was co-sponsored with BCC's Center for WWII
Studies and Conflict Resolution and the NJ Commission on
Holocaust Education. For the complete program of the
here. It received rave reviews by all
participants. Here are two written responses
- Jerry Iacangelo: "It was fabulous.
What a history lesson! Every speaker was brilliant. It was a
thrill to meet the "Torn Memories of Nanking" filmaker
Tamaki Matsuoka after the movie. I thanked her and applaud
her courage. ... Robin Lung: A fascinating charismatic woman
with a deep passion for her story. ... The comfort women: very
touching how these women never lost their dignity or
grace. You just want to climb into the screen and hug one of
them. ... The teachers and the student: I'm very impressed with
the teachers and even more so by Michael Carter who was very
eloquent in his speech. ... Japan hurts itself by not
acknowledging its evil past. Even Gorbachev ultimately
admitted Russia's role in the Katyn massacre of the Polish
military officers. That was good for Russia. ... With programs
such as this, no one can deny what happened in Nanking."
- John McLaughlin: "I am almost a a loss for words to
describe my enthusiasm for this conference. What a
tremendous amount of work and what great speakers.
Congratulations on a superb job. I joined the Alliance and
would love to play a part in its activities in some form. I
have a strong interest in Chinese history. One of the
strongest impressions of my research is that there are two
countries that were poorly treated by the Allies in WWII,
China and Poland."
One of the highlights of the conference was
the showing of the film "Torn Memories of Nanking" and the talk
by the film director Tamaki Matsuoka. Ms. Matsuoka is a
most remarkable woman who dedicated the past 24 years of her
life to find out what happened during the Nanking Massacre.
She has interviewed over 300 Nanking Massacre survivors and over
250 former Japanese soldiers who were involved in the Nanking
Massacre. For more information about her, click
Another highlight was the talk by our local 89 year-old
Nanking Massacre survivor Mr. Chu-Yeh Chang. In spite
of the pain recalling that terrible part of his life
experience, he was brave and gracious enough to give us
another presentation on that subject. The "Reference
Information" page of this website contains both the English
and Chinese transcripts of a similar talk he gave at the
70th Anniversary Commemoration of the Nanking Massacre.
To honor two people who have dedicated a large portion of
their lives to reveal the truth and to educate the world
about the Nanking Massacre, NJ-ALPHA presented two special
recognition awards to Mr. Chu-Yeh Chang and Ms. Tamaki
Photo of Mr. Chang receiving award from NJ-ALPHA
President Don Tow:
Photo of Ms. Matsuoka
receiving award from NJ-ALPHA President Don Tow:
wordings (both Chinese and English) of the awards, see below:
- For Mr. Chang's plaque, Chinese words, click
- For the English translation of Mr. Chang's
- For Ms. Matsuoka's plaque, Chinese words, click
- For the English translation of Ms. Matsuoka's plaque, click
- July 6-21, 2012: Three NJ
teachers/educators participated in the "2012 Peace and
Reconciliation Asia Study Tour" that visited Shanghai, Nanjing,
Harbin, Seoul, and Hong Kong. They were Barbara Boyer,
Barbara Hadzima, and Sharon Dolled. Their testimonies can
be found in the Study Tour page. They joined with a
larger group from Canada, and the Study Tour was organized
by Toronto ALPHA.
- April 17, 2012: "The Doolittle Air Raid": Featured Paul J. Frisco,
WWII Navy Veteran, feature
writer, coordinator of Center for World War II Studies
and Conflict Resolution’s Veterans History Project.
Don Tow, President of NJ-ALPHA, also presented a talk
"Doolittle Raid: Its Impact on China" (click
Brookdale Community College (BCC)'s
Center for WWII Studies and Conflict Resolution, at BCC's Student Life Center.
- January 29, 2012: Four
interesting presentations on the topics "Unit 731",
"Jewish-Chinese Connection During WWII", "Japan's Slave
Labor During WWII," and "Slide/Video Show of 2011
Study Tour" were presented at East Brunswick's Public Library.
For more information, click
- December 6, 2011:
"The American Volunteer Group: The Flying Tigers,", an event endorsed by NJ-ALPHA and sponsored by ookdale
Community College's Center for WWII Studies and Conflict
Resolution, at the Student Life Center.
- September 17-18, 2011: NJ-ALPHA, together with the
Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA) of New
York and about 20 other community organizations, sponsored a
"918 - 80th Anniversary Commemorative Event" in New York
City on 9/17-18/2011 at the CCBA Building. This two-day
event included a 200+ photo exhibit, a brief memorial
ceremony, classic WWII songs performed by well-known
singers, talks by two invited speakers (from Taiwan and
Mainland China), and several excellent films about the
14-year War of Resistance. The program attracted more
than 300 people.
- July 13-28, 2011:
We completed the 2011 Asia Study Tour. Two teachers/educators and two NJ-ALPHA
staffs participated (a third teacher/educator was unable to
go due to an accident a couple of months before the trip). This
year's tour visited Beijing, Harbin, Nanjing,
Shanghai, and Seoul, South Korea. It was the
first visit to the infamous Unit 731, Japan's massive
biological and chemical weapon research laboratory and
factory in Harbin.
- July 6, 2011: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) recently broadcasted
to the world the complete Chinese talk of our own eyewitness
and survivor of the Nanking Massacre, Mr. Chu-Yeh Chang.
here to hear the broadcast. In 2011, Mr. Chang was
an 88-year-old resident of Middletown, NJ, and was a
14-year-old boy living with his family in Nanking during the
May 21, 2011:
signing event by Dr. Ying-Ying Chang, mother of Iris Chang,
on her newly published memoir The
Woman Who Could Not Forget: Iris Chang Before and
Beyond the Rape of Nanking.
This was a very successful event held at Rutgers
University's Alexander Library in East Brunswick, NJ.
The event was jointly sponsored with Rutgers University's
East Asian Library, and was endorsed by nine other
organizations. For more information, click
here. The book has already received many rave
You learn not only about
Iris' courageous life and untimely death, but also about the
love and pain of a mother, and about l
The 100+ seat of the auditorium was almost full; there was a
long and lively Q&A after Ying-Ying's talk, and about 50
autographed books were sold. The audience came away
remembering how Iris Chang lived, and not how she died.
To see the video recording of this event, click
The video file is an extremely large file (241 MB), and it
may take many, many minutes to open or download. So be
patient. The video is 96 minutes long. The first 21:40
minutes are overall information about the event and various
introductions. The introduction of Dr. Ying-Ying Chang
begins at 21:41 minutes, and Ying-Ying's talk is from 26 minutes to 67 minutes, and the
last 29 minutes from 67 minutes to 96 minutes is the Q&A.
Note: You may not be able to fast forward to the spot
that you want to see until that part of the video has been
downloaded to your computer.
- October 8, 2010:
Second Edition of "A Curriculum Guide for
Secondary Teachers - The Nanking Massacre and Other Japanese
Military Atrocities, The Asia-Pacific War: 1931-1945"
published in October 2010 and distributed at the 2010
International Educational Conference. Copies have also
been distributed to all the high schools in NJ by the NJ
Commission on Holocaust Education.
This Curriculum Guide can be downloaded from this
link in the NJ Commission on Holocaust Education's
- October 8-10, 2010:
Conference at Oakcrest High School in Mays Landing,
Several of the world's premier experts on this part of
history spoke at this conference. The conference was
sponsored by the Global Alliance for Preserving the History
of WWII in Asia (GA), the NJ Commission on Holocaust
Education, and NJ-ALPHA. It was also co-sponsored by Brookdale Community College (BCC)'s Center for WWII Studies
and Conflict Resolution and BCC's Holocaust, Genocide, and
Human Rights Education Center, Richard Stockton College of
NJ's Holocaust Resource Center, and Oakcrest High School.
The theme of the conference was "Change: Acknowledge,
Part of the program presented at this
Conference was a talk by Mr. Chu-Yeh Chang, who is a Nanking
Massacre eyewitness and survivor.
He was a 14-year-old boy at that time,
and is currently living in Middletown, New Jersey. He
recollected the horrifying and tragic experiences that his
family and he endured during the Nanking Massacre.
Although whenever he gives a talk like this, he has to
relive that extremely painful experience which puts him in a
depressed mode for some time afterward, nevertheless, for
the purpose of preserving this part of history, he
graciously agreed to give this talk. We want to
express our sincere appreciation for the personal sacrifice
that Mr. Chang is willing to endure in order to educate the
public about this often neglected part of history.
for the video interview.
The video file is a very large file; so it may take several
minutes to open the file. Click
here for the audio-only version of the interview.
Click here for
of a similar talk Mr. Chang gave at Brookdale Community College
in Lincroft, New Jersey in December 2007 at the 70th Anniversary
Commemoration of the Nanking Massacre.
For more information about the conference, please click on "Conference Program."
September 18, 2010:
movie "Nanjing Nanjing"
was shown at the E. Brunswick Public Library, 2 Jean Walling
Civic Center, East Brunswick, NJ 08816. Plans for the
October 8-10, 2010 International Educational Conference were
- December 12,
Commemorative Event in Memory of
Iris Chang in East Brunswick, NJ: The
film "Iris Chang: The Rape of Nanking" was shown, together
with a photo exhibition of the atrocities that occurred
during the Nanking Massacre. This event was sponsored by
NJ-ALPHA, together with the following co-sponsors: Chinese
American Librarian Association Northeast Chapter, Huaguang
Cultural Association, New Jersey Chinese American Book Club,
New York Cory Graphics Publisher, and Rutgers University
East Asian Library. The Chinese-American media company
icepn.com covered the event.
June 30-July 15, 2009:
2009 Asia Study Tour. One NJ middle school teacher and
one NY college professor were educators sent by NJ-ALPHA.
For the first time, the China Study Tour visited Yunnan
Province, site of many historical and critical battles where
the U.S. military played a critical role in winning this
part of the war. The U.S. role is widely recognized and
appreciated by the Chinese, especially in Yunnan Province.
We also interviewed several eyewitnesses and survivors of
the massive biological/chemical warfare that the Japanese
military inflicted on the Chinese in Yunnan, Besides Yunnan,
the tour also visited Shanghai interviewing former sex
slaves and Nanking interviewing eyewitnesses and survivors
of the Nanking Massacre. A representative of NJ-ALPHA also
participated in this tour.
- April 27, 2009:
Program on "Violence Against Women: Sex Slaves in Asia
during WWII" at Brookdale Community College (BCC) in Lincroft, NJ.
Program co-sponsored by BCC's "Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Education Center," BCC's "Center for WWII Studies & Conflict Resolution," and NJ-ALPHA.
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- Talk by Frances Flannery - Social Studies and History Teacher at South Plainfield High School in South Plainfield, NJ, and 2008 China Study Tour participant
- Talk by Rosemarie Wilkinson - Social Studies Teacher at Raritan High School in Hazlet, NJ and Adjunct Professor at Kean University in Union, NJ, and 2008 China Study Tour Participant
- Show new and historical video clips on the "Sex Slaves" issue
Photo exhibit of atrocities in Asia during WWII
31-November 2, 2008: Global Alliance and
ALPHA Biennial Conference
in Toronto, Canada.
Among many other very educational presentations was the
presentation by Maryann McLoughlin and Rosemarie Wilkinson
(two of the NJ participants in the 2008 China Study Tour),
who gave an excellent summary of the history of the NJ
Commission on Holocaust Education, Brookdale Community
College's "Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Education
Center," and Richard Stockton College of NJ's "Holocaust
Resource Center." Their presentation can be
found via the following link:
Because this is a large (almost 5 MB)
Adobe Acrobat PDF file, it may take several minutes to
access the whole presentation. This presentation can also
be found in the "Reference_Information" page of this
NJ Participant Readouts of 2008 China Study Tour in Holmdel, NJ.
All the participants gave an extremely enthusiastic
assessment of the China Study Tour. All said that they
have already started using the knowledge and experience
gained in their teachings, and all recommend highly the
China Study Tour to other teachers and educators (see the "Study Tour" page of this website for some of their testimonials).
July 1-14, 2008: 2008
Asia Study Tour in China (see the "Study Tour" page for the
2008 participants' testimonials)
December 18, 2007:
Nanking Massacre 70th Anniversary Commemorative Event at Brookdale Community College (BCC), co-sponsored by BCC's "Center for WWII Studies & Conflict Resolution" and NJ-ALPHA.
Program included (1) a talk by Nanking Massacre eyewitness Mr. Chu-Yeh
talk can be found in the "Reference Information" page of this website),
(2) a talk by Mr. Doug Cervi (2006 China Study Tour
participant and coauthor of "Curriculum Guide" (see
next item), and (3) the premier showing in NJ of the newly
released full-length documentary film "Iris Chang - The
Rape of Nanking". The program attracted a full-house
audience and received extremely positive feedbacks.
Publication of "A Curriculum Guide for
Secondary Teachers: The Nanking Massacre and Other Japanese
Atrocities Committed During the Asia-Pacific War -
1931-1945." A joint-project between
NJ-ALPHA and the NJ Commission on Holocaust Education. The
latter has distributed copies of this Curriculum Guide to
all high schools in NJ, and many schools have started to use
this Guide and include this part of history in their social
studies and history courses.
2007: Special Session on "The Nanking Massacre"
at the NJ Education Association's Annual Convention at Atlantic City, NJ.
Speakers included Mr. Doug Cervi, Mr. Bob Holden, and Mr.
Chu-Yeh Chang. The first two were NJ participants of
the 2006 China Study Tour and coauthors of the Curriculum
Guide (see previous item). The third person is an
eyewitness of the Nanking Massacre (see two items before
this item). Copies of the Curriculum Guide were also
distributed to the teachers attending this session.