Japanese war orphans in China
English.news.cn 2010-08-21 09:37:16 FeedbackPrintRSS
Yin Guilan, a Japanese orphan left behind in China when she was only two years old in 1948, is kissed by one of her five adopted Chinese orphans in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province.(Source: Shanghai Daily)
BEIJING, Aug. 21 (Xinhuanet) — For Gao Fengqin, the worst horror of World War II happened in the closing days. “I still remember the day my mother took me to a small restaurant to meet my new Chinese mother,” says Gao, now 70 years old. “I had noodles and when I finished, she stood up to leave. I gripped her leg, crying for her not to go.”
It was 65 years ago that Gao’s Japanese mother, Kobayasi, gave her away to the Chinese couple who raised her into adulthood in Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang Province in the northeast.
Gao was one of thousands of Japanese children abandoned in China and adopted by Chinese families after the war.
In late 1931, Japan started its armed colonization of northeast China, which had fallen under its control earlier that year.
Gao’s birth father died shortly after the family arrived in China, when Gao was too young to remember. Later Kobayasi married a Chinese man, and gave her birth daughter away.
Kobayasi’s remarriage didn’t last, and she returned to Japan during the chaos surrounding Japan’s defeat.
By the end of 1945, about 1.66 million Japanese troops and civilians had settled in northeast China, according to the “Investigation and Research on Japanese Orphans” published by China’s Social Sciences Academic Press in 2005.
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