The North Star Project, 2013-2014 Report Number Thirteen — Martyr’s Park, China, by Brock Erdahl
Like any other country in the world, wars and other military conflicts have played an important role in shaping Chinese national identity and historical memory. The influence of the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945) and Chinese Civil War (1927-1936 and 1946-1950) are particularly strong due to their proximity to the present and the involvement of the Chinese Communist Party in both. The veterans of these two wars are remembered today as heroes who helped to end the country’s century of humiliation at the hands of foreign invaders and establish communism in China. Martyrs Park, which is located across the road from a shopping mall in downtown Zhuhai, pays tribute to these veterans. It contains a series of tombstones, statues, relief, and small museum that connects local history with that of China at large.
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The North Star Project: Collaboration between The Middle Ground Journal Student Interns, The College of St. Scholastica, and North Star Academy 8th Grade Global Studies Classes, 2013-2014 School Year Reports.
Under the leadership of our North Star host teachers and student interns, The North Star Project has flourished for two years. For a brief summary, please see a recent article in the American Historical Association’s Perspectives on History, at:
Having re-tooled and re-designed the collaborative program, we are drawing on the experience of our veteran student interns, ideas from our host teachers, and new projects provided by our incoming student interns. This school year The Middle Ground Journal will share brief dispatches from our North Star Project student interns, particularly from those who are currently stationed, or will soon be stationed abroad. As of the time of this report we have confirmed student interns who will be reporting from Mongolia, Southern China, Shanghai, northeastern China, The Netherlands, Tanzania, Ireland, England, Finland, Russia, and Haiti. We also have students developing presentations on theatrical representations of historical trauma, historical memory, the price individuals pay during tragic global conflicts, and different perceptions of current events from around the world. We will post their brief dispatches here, and report on their interactions with the North Star students and teachers throughout the school year.
Hong-Ming Liang, Chief Editor, The Middle Ground Journal, The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN, USA, 2013-2014 School Year
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