Recently, most of people are very concerned about the last 9.0 magnitude earthquake happened on March 11th 2011 in Japan. This catastrophic earthquake continues to cause damage with blackouts, fire, tsunami waves and nuclear disaster. Most of people are sympathetic and give blessings to Japan. This earthquake also brings an “oral earthquake” between segments of the Chinese people who have different opinions and attitudes toward Japan. Morally, most of the Chinese people care about Japanese victims and offer support verbally and materially; however, there are a number of Chinese that feel indifference to this disaster and even believe this is a disserved punishment to Japan.
Those indifferent Chinese people are in favor of the idea that Japan doesn’t deserve Chinese sympathy and respect because of the long-term ethnic conflicts. They point out the fact that the Japanese committed heinous acts of evil during the brutal 1937 Japanese invasion of China and created painful memories to Chinese people that will last forever. During the Nanking Massacre Japanese invaders killed more than three hundred thousand common people, including old women and babies. Japanese invaders also used Chinese victims to do biochemical tests just like animals. They also argue that the Japanese government tries to rewrite history textbooks to deny what Japanese invaders did to Chinese people. Furthermore, they are angry that some Japanese leaders visit the Yasukuni Shrine, a place to memorialize the dead Japanese invaders as heroes. Compared to the number of victims who were killed by the Japanese, many Chinese people think what Japan are suffering is well deserved. Naturally, they don’t want to give hands or condolences while Japan is in trouble.
However, other people stand on a different ground. They consider it is immoral and lacking sympathy to Japan. They think the past is history. Chinese certainly can learn something from history, but they can’t always stay in the past because the world is changing. There is an example of relating to this argument: Japan offered professional support and help during the Sichuan May 12th earthquake. When the Japanese rescuers were unable to save one living victim in time because of debris flow came after the earthquake, they felt really sad and sorry. Moreover, some Chinese people think they can’t bring the ethnic emotions into a natural disaster. No matter which country it is, in front of natural disasters, all humans should come together as whole and each life needs to be respected. Since the Chinese government has provided humanitarian assistance to Japan, as Chinese citizens, we should be more generous about the past.
There are some truths in both arguments. However, I also prefer the most second argument: it is irrational to express hatred on the common Japanese people. When I saw the scenes of the Japanese earthquake which seems to happen in disaster movies, I couldn’t control my emotions and keep on crying. I could feel the same as I was one of those helpless victims experiencing the fear of death and the desire to live. All the best wishes and mental support come from my heart naturally and strongly. I don’t agree with those who refuse to help Japan overcome the disaster, based on Japanese painful relationship with China. It is not a patriotic act at the time. We can’t forecast the next natural disaster when and where will happen. Maybe someday, we will become victims. And if others also show unfeeling attitudes toward us, it is much scarier than a natural disaster since humans are losing their basic moral values. In recent years, varieties of natural disasters make people feel insecure as if the movie comes true. In such a situation, the whole world should come together to tide over difficulties. We have to admit that natural disasters are unavoidable, but the wars can be prevented. What my hope is that Japan can solve all issues successfully and timely. Finally, I wish the whole world will become a better place and peaceful.