Pawn Man: How a WWII photo album created a “perfect storm” on social media
Staff, 2023-03-17 04:09:45,
Evan Kail is a wise-cracking antique dealer and TikToker. Last September, his world turned upside down when one of his videos ignited an international media frenzy. In his words, his TikTok created a “perfect storm.”
The subject of the video? A photo album from WWII, which Evan believed contained photographs of the Nanjing Massacre — a horrific episode during Japan’s invasion of China in 1937.
This episode is about historical memory, why the Nanjing Massacre is still an incredibly sensitive topic in China and Japan, social media virality, and the true contents of that WWII photo album.
A special thank you to Professor Daqing Yang of Georgetown University and Professor Alexis Dudden of University of Connecticut for their expertise on Chinese-Japanese relations, East Asian history, and Imperial Japan.
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