US President Richard Nixon’s
historic visit to China in 1972 resulted in significant changes in relations between the two countries.
During the visit, Nixon and his wife attended a performance of the communist ballet
. The ballet, based on a 1961 film of the same name, which itself was based on a book, was staged on the Red Detachment of Women 22nd of February, 1972.
Red Detachment of Women, one of only a few ballets permitted in China during the Cultural Revolution, is still in the repertoire of the National Ballet of China.
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The Christian Martyrs Of Nagasaki
(painted 16th-17th century).
5th of February, 1597, a group of Catholics were executed by crucifixion in Nagasaki, Japan.
The victims were four Spaniards, one Mexican, one Indian (all Franciscan missionaries), three Japanese Jesuits, and seventeen Japanese members of the Third Order of St Francis (including children).
The atrocity was carried out on the orders of
Generations later it was discovered that Japan had a community of underground
“hidden Catholics” who had not been discouraged by the persecution.
The Catholic church of Nagasaki
was ground zero when the atomic bomb was dropped in 1945 at the end of the Second World War.
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22nd December 1937: Locals in Nanking, China clean up after the retreat of the Chinese army. The image appeared in a January 1938 edition of Japanese news picture magazine Asahi Graph. Japan had defeated China in the Battle of Nanking earlier in the month.
promises that civilians wouldn’t be harmed, by the time the image was published Japanese soldiers had killed between 40 000 and 300 000 people in what would become known as the Rape of Nanking, or the Nanking Massacre.
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A village in a Korean valley burns on the 7th of November, 1950 as troops from C Company, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR) look on. They are searching for enemy soldiers.
17 000 Australians served in the Korean War between 1950 and 1953.
The image is from the collection of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.
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I’m flying to Beijing today, and will be gone just over a week. Posts should continue going up, but I might not be around to see them!
This photograph, dated the 1st of November, 1950, is from the
US Army archives and shows an elderly woman searching through the rubble of Seoul over four months into the Korean War.
It would be more than three years between the beginning of the war and the 1953 armistice. However, Korea remains divided.
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These aerial photographs show the Japanese city of Nagasaki before and after the American
nuclear bomb attack on the 9th of August, 1945.
Amongst those in the city at the time of the bombing were thousands of conscripted Korean workers and hundreds of Western (Allied) prisoners of war. Not all of them survived.
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