Int'l friends photo exhibition unveiled in Beijing

By Guo Yiming
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A photo exhibition themed "International Friends during the Anti-Japanese War" was unveiled in Beijing on July 15, 2015. [Photo/China.org.cn]



A photo exhibition themed "International Friends during the Anti-Japanese War" was unveiled in Beijing on July 15. The show, organized by the Beijing People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (BPAFFC), features 160 pictures of 39 foreign friends who worked together with the Chinese people and made contributions to China's independence and freedom.

As part of the program marking the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War, the exhibition has attracted huge crowds of visitors both from home and abroad, among whom was 100-year-old Isabel Crook, a veteran communist from Canada who was in China during the violent throes of the war.

"Seventy years ago, many foreign friends came to China," said Tian Yan, executive vice chairman of the Beijing People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries. "They viewed China as their second hometown and devoted themselves to the great cause of anti-fascist war."

The exhibition features household names like Norman Bethune, a Canadian physician who devoted his life to helping Chinese patients; John Rabe, a German businessman who helped Chinese people against the brutal occupation of the Japanese army and kept diaries documenting Japanese atrocities committed during the war; Zheng Lyucheng, a Korea-born Chinese musician who composed the music for the Military Anthem of the People's Liberation Army; Sanzo Nosaka, a co-founder of the Japanese Communist Party who fought against Japanese imperialism with the Chinese people; Wataru Kaji, a Japanese dissident and anti-war writer who fled to China and helped local Chinese in their struggle against the Japanese imperialism; and Hans Mueller, a German-born physician who helped develop the vaccine for hepatitis B.

Dr. Mueller's widow Kyoko Nakamura also visited the show and stopped at their family photos with mixed feelings. "China is literally my hometown, and I don't feel like a foreigner," said Ms. Nakamura. "I'm more used to speaking Chinese than my native language."

At the exhibition, Ms. Nakamura also encountered her late husband's former colleague, Professor Bao from China's Academy of Military Sciences.

"Both Chinese and Japanese people were victims of the war," said Professor Bao when speaking about China-Japan relations. "We all hope that the two countries can get along with each other, since they are close neighbors only separated by a narrow strip of water."

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