Toronto ALPHA’s vision is to achieve true peace and reconciliation built upon the knowledge and the understanding of the true history of World War II in Asia.
Toronto ALPHA’s mission is to promote global awareness, knowledge and recognition of the history of WWII in Asia and to educate younger generations of the values of humanity and global citizenship through engagement and participation.
We believe that this history needs to be taught – not in order to lay blame – but to promote reconciliation. We believe that future generations need to know the historical truth, recognize the justice that the victims deserve, and to understand that all people have the capacity to be perpetrators under certain circumstances. The goal of our approach to teaching is to empower students to pursue peace and social justice as responsible global citizens.
• Public Awareness and Education
• Youth Education and Activism
• Resource Support for Researchers
• International Dialogue for Reconciliation, Lasting Peace, and Global Citizenship
• Organized a worldwide effort to promote Iris Chang’s book ‘The Rape of Nanking - The Forgotten Holocaust of WWII’ in December 1997, resulting in a resounding success with 2,000 books in across Canada even before it became a Best Seller in the New York Times
• Pushed Ontario to incorporate the History of WWII in Asia in Grade 10 history curriculum in 2005, the ﬁrst western jurisdiction to do so for a course which is compulsory in the school system
• Sent over 180 educators from around the world on ALPHA’s study-tours to China, Korea, and Japan, equipping teachers with the knowledge and conﬁdence to teach this side of history in their classrooms
• Published the teaching resource guide “Search for Global Citizenship: Violations of Human Rights in Asia 1931 – 1945”
• Delivered a package of related teaching and other resources, including books and CDs and DVDs to all public, catholic and private high schools in Ontario in 2006
• Successfully lobbied the federal Government to pass Motion 291, with a 50,000 signature petition and testimonials of women from China, Korea, the Philippines, and the Netherlands given to parliamentary hearing
• The Motion, condemning Japan for continuing their refusal to acknowledge and admit responsibility for the ‘Comfort Woman’ atrocity, and urging Japan to make a sincere apology to the victims, was passed unanimously in the House of Commons on Nov. 28, 2007
• The American Congress, the Dutch and the European Union Parliaments passed similar motions from July to Dec. 2007, the ﬁrst time the West joined together condemning Japan for its post-war behaviour
• Raised over 1.5 million CAD to tell Iris Chang’s life story on film as it relates to the Rape of Nanking. The Docudrama, ‘Iris Chang -The Rape of Nanking’, 2 years in the making, was ﬁnally completed in time for the 70th Anniversary of the Rape of Nanking. It premiered in Toronto on November 10, 2007
• The award-winning docudrama, with subtitles in 7 different languages: English, French, German, traditional and simpliﬁed Chinese, and Japanese, and a study-guide that can be downloaded from our website, is now being used as an educational tool in all high schools in Toronto and other academic institutions
• Successfully organized the ﬁrst post-war International Conference for Educators in Toronto in October 2010, attended by over 300 teachers and 250 high school students;
• Connected with peace activists and scholars from North America, Europe, and Asia, who have been impressed and inspired by Toronto ALPHA’s work, in a truly concerted effort to preserve the truth of history of WWII in Asia
• Besides BC and Toronto ALPHA, the formation of ALPHAs in Ottawa, Edmonton, Halifax and Japan