Playing with Ghosts of the Asian Holocaust

On June 7, 2007, former Taiwanese President, Lee Teng-hui, while in Japan,
visited the Yasukuni war shrine and prayed in its inner hall because his brother is
listed in the Shinto Book of Souls kept there. As Taiwan was under Japanese
occupation from 1895 to 1945, his brother served with the Japanese Imperial
Navy during World War II, was killed on duty during February 1945 in the
Philippines, and is enshrined at Yasukuni.

In televised comments, Mr. Lee proclaimed that it was a private affair and asked
that his appearance at Yasukuni not be linked with either politics or history.  But
the fact is that he is a former President of the Republic of China and his politics
radically favors an independent Taiwan, separate and distinct from China.  In this
respect, he will always have his supporters and detractors.  

Leaving politics aside, there is the greater issue of closing our eyes to history.  
Beginning in the late 19th century and culminating in defeat in 1945, Japanese
imperialism had caused the deaths of tens of millions of civilians and prisoners-of-
war throughout Asia with such brutality that these acts are referred to as the
Asian Holocaust, or more charitably, Japanese war atrocities. Thousands of
those who had played key roles in the atrocities were tried and convicted by
Allied war crime tribunals.

During the Second World War, Japan was one the Axis powers whose dream of a
Fascist new world order cast a dark shadow on humanity across the face of the
globe. Their ignominy is an indelible part of modern history.  The fact is that while
memory of such war crimes in China is particularly bitter (19 million died in the
war), atrocities were committed in Asia and the Pacific islands wherever the
Japanese military invaded and attempted to secure its conquest.  The victims
were civilians and military personnel from all over the world.  This infamy has
caused Japanese politicians to eschew Yasukuni which honors 1068 war
criminals of World War II, including 12 top convicts, along with 2.5 million other
Japanese war dead. Those Japanese politicians who do visit a memorial tainted
with a Fascist legacy are regularly castigated by pubic opinion within their own
country and certainly by those in the world who remember.

So why would Mr. Lee make such a gesture that many Japanese politicians would
think twice of doing?   His core motive shall remain known only to himself and to
the ghosts of war.  The objections of the living can be objectively stated.   Mr.
Lee at Yasukuni is an affront to the memory of the victims of the Asian
Holocaust.  Mr. Lee’s presence at Yasukuni is an affront to all humanity who have
lost family and friends to the atrocities of that sad period of our history, atrocities
which all good people should remember in order they are never again repeated.   

If Mr. Lee’s true intention is to pay filial respect to his elder brother, in lieu of
bowing, praying, and making other obeisance in a foreign shrine, would it not be
more fitting for the former head-of-state to request his brother’s symbolic re-
interment to a private family resting place in the land where he was born and
which Mr. Lee loves so dearly, Taiwan?

An Opinion by
Charleston C. K. Wang
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Wrapped up an exciting 18th Annual
Kentucky International Trade Conference
PHOTOS ABOVE: On  02/16/2007, Paul C. F. Wang, Director of the Commercial
Division of  the Taipei Economic & Cultural Office based in Chicago visited the
Queen City with two other members of his office.  Shown in above photo is Mr.
Wang discussing the dynamic business opportunities available in
Taiwan to
business and community leaders at a welcoming luncheon at the Queen City Club in
downtown Cincinnati.  Standing to the right of Mr. Wang is Ohio State
Representative Jim Raussen and Joe Dehner, Esq. a partner with the law firm of
Frost Brown Todd.  In addition to being a well established trade partner of America,
Taiwan is now positioned as a leading high tech center and hub of innovation in the
heart of Asia. The event was hosted by Frost Brown Todd, LLC, Greater Cincinnati
Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Global Center of Greater Cincinnati,  Northern
Kentucky International Trade Association, and Ohio Chinese American Professional
Association.  Mr. Paul C. F. Wang is available to assist any company which is
interested in business in Taiwan and he can be reached at
paulwang@chicagocd.org

OHIO STATE REPRESENTATIVE JIM RAUSSEN  IS JOINED BY
MEMBERS OF GREATER CINCINNATI CHINESE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE &
OHIO CHINESE AMERCAN PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION IN A LUNCHEON TO
EXPLORE  DYNAMIC BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN TAIWAN
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GCCCC Gives Viewpoint  in
Cincinnati Business Courier
March 2, 2007

Pragmatic immigration
policy could ease
money worries
by Charleston Wang
Mr. Wang practices immigration law and is on the
executive committee of the Greater Cincinnati
Chinese Chamber of Commerce.

During (Federal Reserve Chairman) Ben
Bernanke's report to the U S. Senate on Jan.
18, he again voiced unease about the health
of Social Security and Medicare, in particular,
and of the federal deficit in general. Federal
spending for Social Security, Medicare and
Medicaid, while taking up 8 1/2 percent of the
Gross Domestic Product in 2006, is projected
to expand to roughly 15 percent of the GDP by
2030.

Bernanke warned that ''if early and meaningful
action is not taken, the U.S. economy could be
seriously weakened," and he added a dire
note of urgency by saying that the "right time to
start was about 10 years ago."

....

The answer, therefore, is to enlarge the
working tax base. This can be done by
increasing natural birth and waiting 18
or more years or by opting for
immediate benefits through a pragmatic
immigration policy. .........  

For complete details on pragmatic
immigration reform, please read the
entire OpEd published in the website of
CINCINNATI BUSINESS COURIER at

http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2
007/03/05/editorial3.html?hbx=
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THE GREATER CINCINNATI CHINESE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Presents this Award of Recognition to
CITY OF MOUNT HEALTHY POLICE DEPARTMENT
In the County of Hamilton, State of Ohio

And recognizes in particular

Chief Albert P. Schaefer

For their dedication given to
The investigation, arrest and conviction
Of the serial robbers of Chinese American Restaurants
And the protection of Chinese American citizens and businesses
During 2005-2006

Resolved and Approved by the Board of Trustees
on this Christmas Day, 25th day of December, 2006

With Our Greatest Appreciation
THE GREATER CINCINNATI CHINESE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE









THE GREATER CINCINNATI CHINESE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Presents this Award of Recognition to
CITY OF MASON POLICE DEPARTMENT
In the County of Warren, State of Ohio

And recognizes in particular
Detective Mike Jesse

For their dedication given to
The investigation, arrest and conviction
Of the serial robbers of Chinese American Restaurants
And the protection of Chinese American citizens and businesses
During 2005-2006

Resolved and Approved by the Board of Trustees
on this Christmas Day, 25th day of December, 2006

With Our Greatest Appreciation
THE GREATER CINCINNATI CHINESE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE








THE GREATER CINCINNATI CHINESE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Presents this Award of Recognition to
SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT
In the County of Hamilton, State of Ohio

And recognizes in particular
Detective James Ohl
Detective Robert Merkle
Officer Ken Smith
Officer Chris Williams

For their dedication given to
The investigation, arrest and conviction
Of the serial robbers of Chinese American Restaurants
And the protection of Chinese American citizens and businesses
During 2005-2006

Resolved and Approved by the Board of Trustees
on this Christmas Day, 25th day of December, 2006

With Our Greatest Appreciation
THE GREATER CINCINNATI CHINESE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
DOING BUSINESS IN TAIWAN FORUM
On 5/10/2007, a panel of distinguished speakers addressed the topic of doing
business in Taiwan and the exploration of hidden treasures through global
collaboration in technological innovation.  Shown is photo above is Dr. Sean Wang
(standing), President of the Industrial Technology Research Institute International
Grubbs (seated second from left) of the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of
Commerce (GCCCC).  Daniele S. Longo,  Vice President of the Northern Kentucky
Chamber of Commerce (seated on left) looks on.  The panel of speakers are:  
Thomas Cheng, Director General, Taipei Economic & Cultural Office (TECO) in
Chicago,
Dr. Paul Wang, Director of TECO in Chicago, Dr. Sean Wang, Dr, Ming T.
Lin, Senior Advisor of HIWIN corporation , Dr. Chung-Cheng Liu, Director of
Biomedical Engineering Reseach Lab in Taiwan and Dr. Chon-Liang Tsai. Professor
of Industrial, Welding & System Engineering at Ohio State University.  The forum was
organized by the Ohio Chinese American Professional Association (OCAPA).