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Too Hot — China Fights for Its Life

Paul French

in Through the Looking Glass

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9789622099821
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207622 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099821.003.0010
Too Hot — China Fights for Its Life

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The number of foreign journalists who happened to be in the vicinity of central Shanghai when the bombs fell on Black Saturday, 14 August 1937, was incredible. After Black Saturday, things went from bad to worse. In addition, the situation was immediately bad for the foreign press corps: even getting to China could be problematic. As if the fighting to date had not been terrible enough with the slaughter in Shanghai, worse was to come as the Japanese army swarmed into Nanjing and, after defeating the Chinese army, went on an horrific and genocidal rampage through the city for six weeks in what swiftly became known as the “Rape of Nanking”. The Last Ditchers and Iconoclasts are outlined. Christopher Isherwood and Wystan Hugh Auden arrived in China as “amateur war correspondents”. It was not necessarily clear that they would sympathise with China's plight any more than some other foreign leftists had. Gung Ho Kids were the group gathered outside Shanghai in 1940 to avoid internment. By the end of 1941, most of the press corps had been forced to leave China, and others had been interned, tortured, or killed.

Keywords: China; Rape of Nanking; Last Ditchers; Iconoclasts; Christopher Isherwood; Wystan Hugh Auden; Gung Ho Kids; Chinese army; Japanese army

Chapter.  15123 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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