Author Archives: Erik Ropers

About Erik Ropers

Erik Ropers is assistant professor of history at Towson University. He has published in a range of academic journals including Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific and Japanese Studies on topics including wartime Japan, forced labor, survivors of the atomic bombings, and gendered violence. His recent work includes “Contested Spaces of Ethnicity: Zainichi Korean Accounts of the Atomic Bombings,” Critical Military Studies 1 (2015) and, in Japanese, “Testimony, Trauma, and Art: Collaborative Approaches to Narrating War and its Aftermath,” in Yoshii Hiroaki, ed., Senso;am to mukiau shakaigaku (Encounters between war and sociology, forthcoming).

Debating History and Memory: Examining the Controversy Surrounding Iris Chang’s The Rape of Nanking

Among English-language audiences, Iris Chang’s The Rape of Nanking (1997) is one of the better-known books about the Nanking Massacre.1 The Nanking Massacre took place between December 1937 and January 1938 when advancing Japanese troops captured and occupied the Chinese capital. In the roughly six weeks that followed, over a hundred thousand Chinese civilians and disarmed soldiers were killed, and widespread instances of rape, looting, arson, and violence occurred.2 For nonspecialist readers in the United States who had little knowledge of the Massacre, Chang’s work Continue reading → Continue reading →