Any way, to be born Chinese is a sin to some people in the U.S. Maybe I should start calling myself Zhejiangese or whatever, but not Chinese.
That comment is rather ignorant.
1. I am Chinese, I was born in Taiwan, the Republic of China.
2. I lived in three distinct locations in the US each with very different views on foreigners:
* Virginia, in the South that is traditionally white-dominant until the 1960s
* Illinois, in the mid-west, traditionally working-class
* New Jersey, metro area of New York City and very diverse and liberal
3. I consider myself someone who wishes to become someone regarded by others as an intellectual, and Chinese culture and position is the US society is something I pay particular attention and thoughts to.
With the three facts listed above, I will have to say that I have hardly met anyone who honestly-to-god say that to be born Chinese is a sin. Even the white supremecists only wrongfully believe that whites are superior to others, and the others are of a "lower breed" so to speak; I really don't truly believe that non-whites are actually sinners.
Ok, going back on topic.
The Rape of Nanjing was in my mind among the most terrible events in that period. And you know what, among what I consider the most terrible in that era, almost all of them involve the IJA. What indoctrinated the Japanese army lower ranks to commit such atrocities sure beats me, IJN seemed to be mostly free of such accusations (less opportunities to commit such atrocities, perhaps?). I really want to say that we cannot generalize. Not all Japanese soldiers in WW2 were evil. Just to name one fact, when the Japanese entered Singapore, one famed and unfortunate event was that the Japanese troops entered the Alexandra Hospital, and killed over 300 doctors, nurses, and patients, most by bayonets. When General Yamashita, the commander of the whole expedictionary army in British Malaya heard about the incident, he had the Japanese soldiers responsible for the attack executed at the hospital. Not all Japanese were evil, but I sure have to agree that there sure were plenty of evil ones.
Quite a few posts ago someone mentioned that Japan should never be allowed to be on the UN Security Council. My response to that is GROW UP! Japan is not ruled by Tojo anymore. Hirohito is not on the throne anymore. Japan is a democratic nation, a strong ally of democracy in Asia, a world leader politically and economically. Japan's self-defense fleet is again one of the largest navies in the world. The Japanese military cooperates with US forces, just off the top of my head, in Okinawa (with USMC) and Yokosuka (with USN) to protect the stability of the western Pacific region. It is ok to voice opinion that you do not wish Japan to hold a seat on the UN Security Council. But if you say that Japan should not be allowed due to horrible mistakes that their previous generation committed, then you're just being purely ignorant and really need to re-educate yourself a bit more.
I leave you with some food for thought: Do you feel ashamed that the Han Chinese had, throughout history, oppressed the Vietnamese people in the south and the nomadic tribes in the north and northwest? How would you respond if I come to you today and say China should give up its seat on the UN Security Council because of the CCP's continuous human rights violations (if not "atrocities") against the Tibetan people?