Red Snow script available at:

http://www.playwrightsguild.ca/playwright/diana-tso

Theatre and Art in Education

Diana met WWII survivors in China and Korea, as a participant in the 2009 Peace and Reconciliation Study Tour for Canadian educators organized by Toronto ALPHA (a non-profit organization whose mandate is to foster education in global justice through the learning of WWII History of Asia). This experience enriched the development of her play.

Four performances (January 16, 17, 18, 19, 2012) are allocated for the high school and university students, with hands-on Theatre Workshops, facilitated by Red Snow’s artists in partnership with Toronto ALPHA. These workshops encourage students to use theatre as alternative media to speak out their stories and to inspire them to voice for the voiceless.

By bringing forth the message of compassion and healing to the young generations, Red Snow will be used as an educational tool to nurture positive values of human understanding and harmony, to advocate peace and reconciliation between communities through dialogue and drama.

Click here for Teacher’s Study Guide: Comfort Study Guide

Brief History – The Rape of Nanjing

On December 13, 1937, Japanese troops captured the surrendered city of Nanking (then the capital of China, presently known as Nanjing). The invasion was executed with the “Three-all” policy: loot all, kill all, burn all. The Japanese Imperial Army slaughtered 300,000 Chinese people in six weeks; they raped 30,000 to 80,000 girls and women, looted and burned homes. This large scale massacre and horrific mistreatment of the Chinese became known as the Rape of Nanking.

The Rape of Nanking was one of the causes that led to the establishment of the Japanese military sexual slavery system, under which over 200,000 women from across Asia, primarily Korea, were drafted as sex slaves. These women were euphemized as “Comfort Women”.

Source: The Search for Global Citizenship: The Violation of Human Rights in Asia, 1931-1945, published by Toronto Association for Learning & Preserving the History of WWII in Asia (Toronto ALPHA)