As previously mentioned, especially surprised by the lack of info of international media, the crisis effect are strong even in smaller realities than Shanghai or Beijing.
From what I am seeing and what I have learned in my two and half years in China, I fear that this situation would have been bad even if Japan had got already a more official apologetic position about the massacre in Nanjing and their occupation. Even being in love with Japan, I felt so strong emotions when visiting the memorial. Every human being would.
So many reasons for China for hating Japan.. but besides the war past, there is always the feeling of inferiority that China suffers from the tiny neighbor islands of Japanese archipelago.
Yesterday, September 18th, it was the 81st anniversary of the Japanese occupation in China: the Mukden incident that started Manchuria occupation was another pretext for strong protests against Japan, in Beijing and everywhere in China.
|Yesterday I spent the afternoon with 潘蕾 in one commercial area not far from my home. We had lunch in a chain Japanese noodle restaurant, owned by a Chinese business man: the light sing outside, after the price of specials, was making very clear that even if they serve ramen they are supporting China in the struggle!|
|Similarly a toy shop, with typical Japanese cartoon stuffed toys felt the obligation to emphasize that the islands are Chinese (after seeing several people destroying Japanese cars or attacking place of interest for Japan).|
Walking around in the area then, in fron a quite nice hotel we saw (from a distance – me wearing as usual a Japanese Aikido t-shirt!) a bunch of people, student age, apparently practicing for some demonstration soon to come: they were shouting some slogans, against Japan, but they were not so well organized, and from time to time stop and laugh.. Then they tried to walk together carrying some large banners (we could not see the text) and then they practice a long run, all together, again trying to keep some order..
It looked at the same time funny and sad.. especially since in the past days very little has been enough to change parade into violent acts, even if some writes as minor acts or groups of protesters, when comparing to the majority.
It is actually a nice article at that link, but they missed a little the point: if in Hefei, that is a small place, I can see the things above (and there was a large parade against Japanese at the train station in the weekend) and for example, Anqing (潘蕾’s hometown, even smaller city) several shops put out the signs: “”dogs and Japanese cannot enter” (because of some Japanese car factories in the area), the situation is far worse than many people living in the big city are making themselves believe!
Out of fear, I believe, because if the situation goes down in the wrong way in Beijing or Shanghai, and since Japan is supported by USA first but close after by Europe, the feelings toward Japanese can turn very fast to be the same toward any laowai!
Also senior students in 潘蕾 university, since they had a free day yesterday, all got an sms from the teacher saying to stay away from the area where there could be some parade against the Japanese in order to avoid to be involved in the fight and destruction: the official position, being of course supporting China in the dispute, is against the parades that eventually always ended up attacking the police.
I hope the situation will manage to reach some.. balance, that both countries realize the risk of ultra-nationalism. Unfortunately I am not that optimist, but the outside world pressure might be the only way out!