The images in the Nation Building gallery visually capture events, individuals, and significant historical shifts that unfolded in both China and Japan from the mid-19th century up through the outbreak of World War II in East Asia in 1937.
The videos in this gallery begin by looking at the historical relationship between China and Japan. This is followed by several videos that present each country's path to modernization with an examination of the internal and external forces at play and how these shaped the events leading up to December 13, 1937. Following a video on the atrocities themselves, are 3 videos based on the Tokyo Trials, the Responsibility of command and foundations of international law.
Connecting and remembering our ancestors can happen in many ways. Some look to family trees, while others burn incense and make offerings on a family alter. In viewing these images, how are individuals expressing their relationship to their past?