Monday, May 01, 2006

History--under construction always.

Here is a story from MIT about a picture of a Japanese woodblock painting on a history course website. The Chinese student's association at MIT in particular found this picture (of Japanese soldiers beheading Chinese prisoners during the Sino-Japanese war of 1894-1895) offensive and mobilized--sending a letter to the MIT President to have the picture pulled until more context could be provided to the picture. The interested parties will work together for a consensus. The construction of history, hardly ever objective, and the portrayal of events is continuously under negotiation.


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