Category Archives: Sino-Japanese relations

The Nanking Massacre: Iris Chang’s legacy

The late Iris Chang, author of the best selling book The Rape of Nanking, is the subject of a compelling new biography by her mother Ying-Ying Chang. (This commentary was first published at the  website of the Atlantic Monthly.) Hints … Continue reading

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Appearance on BBC World

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A reviewer who has read the book

The American radio industry’s top liberal talk show host has had some nice things to say about my book on China. That’s flattering. What’s even more flattering is that he has read the book. Really read it, that is. One … Continue reading

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A message for the Times: Justice delayed is justice denied

The New York Times prides itself on its uniquely high standards of accuracy and fairness. So why did its overseas edition take so long to correct the record when I was misrepresented a year ago? For nearly a year I … Continue reading

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Reactions to my Chang/Kamen review

My review of Paula Kamen’s recent biography of Iris Chang was posted at CounterPunch.org just two days ago. Reader reaction has been fast and sometimes furious. Judging by the scale and tone of responses to my review of Paula Kamen’s … Continue reading

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Iris Chang: Elegy for a brave writer

Iris Chang was a Chinese-American author and historian who took her own life in 2004. As Paula Kamen recounts in a new biography, Chang had challenged the establishments of two of the world’s most powerful nations. [This review was first … Continue reading

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The Clark-Fingleton discussion

Below, set out in chronological order, is a series of three exchanges between  Professor Gregory Clark and me concerning, among other things, the problems for foreign correspondents in reporting the truth from Japan. Clark, a Japan-based educator and columnist for … Continue reading

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Nanking: A sequel to a sequel to a sequel

News travels slowly where corrections to the New York Times‘s international edition are concerned. See below a correction that appeared in the print edition of the International Herald Tribune, the New York Times‘s international edition,  on March 17, 2008. The correction also appeared … Continue reading

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Fingleton vs. China: The empire strikes back

East Asian officials don’t take it lying down when a foreign correspondent investigates their guilty secrets. Below is an article I wrote for the International Herald Tribune‘s editorial page on the seventieth anniversary of the Nanking Massacre. The article noted … Continue reading

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Jaws: A note for books editors and reviewers

Broken links at Amazon are damaging my new book’s prospects. [EF note as of 2010: The relevant links were subsequently established but only after the launch period of my new book had passed.] The prescience of my previous book In Praise … Continue reading

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