Why Teach About Justice and Humanity in the Asian Holocaust?

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
– George Santayana
  • Traditionally, Canadian textbooks have focused on the European theatre in World War II, and the War in Asia has often been neglected.
  • As Canada's gateway to the Pacific, British Columbia has an increasing number of Asian heritage, and their family histories include the war in Asia (1931-1945).
  • Canadians had a small but significant role in the Asia-Pacific theatre during and after the war, and we can learn from this experience.
  • Many grievances related to the war have not yet been resolved and a movement for redress has emerged.
  • Finally, this resource offers an opportunity to better understand the relationship between the war and the post-war evolution of international regulations regarding human rights, justice, and armed conflict.

-- Extract from Human Rights in the Asia Pacific 1931-1945: A Resource Guide for Teachers, published by Ministry of Education, Province of British Columbia

"If world peace ever happens, it will be built on knowledge."
– June Callwood

"All human sufferings connect us." -- Joy Kogawa, Japanese Canadian poet and novelist

"I have never heard of the genocide in WWII in Asia, it is a totally new experience for me." -- Elexi, Vancouver Technical Secondary student

What Support Could ALPHA Offer to Teachers?

  • Arrange speakers, survivors, and eye-witnesses to speak at schools
  • Provide reference and video materials on loan to teachers
  • Produce and maintain web-based learning resources
  • Make traveling exhibits on different topics of Asian Holocaust available on loan to schools and teachers
  • Partner with schools and educators for Asian Holocaust educational projects

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