“Forgotten Voices; Living History”
International Conference for Educators on History of World War II in Asia
The atrocities of WWII in Europe are well documented and taught extensively in the western world. At the same time, the history of WWII in Asia including the violation of human rights has not been studied or taught to the same extent. This exclusion is due to a variety of complex political, economic and cultural factors. The continued denial of the Japanese Government with regard to war crimes committed by the Japanese Imperial Army in Asia has been a stumbling block to peace and reconciliation among East Asian countries, and the world at large.
Canadian education is based on a belief in the importance of inclusive curriculum. The 2010 Education Conference on Asian WWII atrocities organized by the Toronto Association for Learning and Preserving the History of WWII in Asia (ALPHA) will provide a comprehensive and unique learning opportunity to Canadian educators and students on an important, yet forgotten chapter in the history of human rights violation. By studying war and conflict from a global perspective, Canadian students will gain the skills, knowledge and attitudes to stand up as global citizens and safeguard the values of social justice, mutual respect, and racial harmony.
The War ended 65 years ago on Aug. 15, 1945. The diminishing voices of the aging survivors have been forgotten; this living history continues to be neglected under a collective amnesia. The challenge for educators is to bring this history alive to their students.
2010 International Education Conference on Asian WWII atrocities On October 1‐3, 2010, Toronto ALPHA will host an Education Conference for educators and student teachers. It will be the first ever of its kind, and over 500 participants are expected to attend the conference, exhibits and related activities.
Survivors, scholars, educators and activists from China, Korea, Japan and North America have been invited to Canada to share their experience, insight and knowledge at symposiums, ectures, workshops and other academic activities.
In addition to the academic learning, there will be museum exhibits, drama performances and film festivals during the conference period. Parallel programs for high school students will take place in various venues during the week.
The Organizers and Organizing Committee Organizer:
• Toronto ALPHA
• Canada ALPHA Educational Fund
• Dufferin‐Peel Catholic District School Board (DPCDSB)
• Toronto District School Board (TDSB)
• Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB)
• York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB)
• OISE –Adult Education and Counselling Psychology
• OISE – Centre for Women’s Studies in Education
• OISE – Initial Teacher Education
• OISE – Sociology and Equity Studies in Education
• University of Toronto, Munk School of Global Affairs, Asian Institute
• University of Toronto, Massey College
• York University, Faculty of Education
• Facing History and Ourselves
• Northeast Asian History Foundation
The Conference chairs are Gerry Connelly, former Director of Education of TDSB; Margaret Wells, instructor at University of Toronto, OISE; and Flora Chong, Vice Chair of Toronto ALPHA. These co‐chairs, together with Dr. Joseph Wong, founder and Chair of Toronto ALPHA and Judy Cho, ALPHA Conference Director, are working with a committed group of educators and volunteers to make this large scale professional conference a success.
For conference and registration information please visit http://www.torontoalpha.org/ .