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Vision and Mission

Vision:

To achieve peace and reconciliation built upon knowledge and understanding of the history of World War II in Asia.

Mission:

To promote global awareness, knowledge and recognition of the history of WWII in Asia, and to educate the younger generations the values of human rights and social justice through learning, engagement and participation.

Mandate:

This history needs to be taught; not to lay blame, but to promote reconciliation. Future generations need to know the historical truth, the justice that the victims deserve, and to recognize that under certain circumstances all people can have the capacity to be a perpetrator. The goal of this approach to teaching the history of WWII in Asia is to empower students to pursue peace and social justice as global citizens.

Targeted Initiatives:

  • Public Awareness and Education
  • Youth Education and Activism
  • Resource support for researchers on WWII in Asia
  • International dialogue for reconciliation, lasting peace, and global citizenship

Major Accomplishments:

Awareness: 

  • Successfully lobbied the Canadian Parliament to pass the Motion urging Japan to make a sincere apology to the victims of Japanese Military Sexual Slavery; with a 50,000 sigature-petition and testimonials of survivors from China, Korea, the Philippines, and the Netherlands given to parliamentary hearing, the motion was passed unanimously in the House of Commons on Nov. 28, 2007;
  • The Docudrama, 'Iris Chang - The Rape of Nanking', completed in time of the 70th Anniversary of the Rape of Nanking, was premiered in Toronto on Nov. 10, 2007. Since the film was shown in many countries around the world including Japan. A DVD of the award-winning docudrama, with subtitles in 7 different languages: English, French, German, traditional and simplified Chinese, Korean and Japanese was produced and distributed worldwide.
  • Organize commemorative events to promote awareness of the Asian atrocities such as the 70th and 75th anniversary of Nanking Massacre, and 'comfort women' awareness.
  • Support and sponsor film and drama production with themes relating to the issue.
  • Connect with international NGOs, peace institutions and activists, historians and scholars, making a concerted effort to promote education of peace and social justice in the context of WWII in Asia.

 

Education:

  • Organized Peace and Reconciliation Study Tours: from 2004 to 2012, over 250 educators from Canada and around the world have joined ALPHA's study-tours to China, Korea, and Hong Kong (tour will be expanded to Japan in 2014);
  • Organized International Conference for Educators "Living History, Forgotten Voices" in Toronto in October 2010 which was attended by over 300 Canadian educators and hundreds of high school and university students; over 30 delegates from Asia and North America were invited as speakers;
  • Organized student day-conferences in partnership with different school boards;
  • Worked with different school boards in Ontario since 2005; obtained approval by the Ontario Ministry of Education to incorporate the History of WWII in Asia in Grade 10-12 history/social science curriculum; partnership with school boards in organizing student conferences;
  • Facilitate classroom presentations in high school and universities;
  • Establish a small scale resource/archival centre to facilitate related research for students and teachers.
  • Produce and publish teaching and reading resources.

 

Youth Empowerment:

  • Provide dialogical platform for youth; organize camps for Asian youth in Canada promoting social justice values and cross cultural understandings in the context of WWII in Asia;
  • Initiate a youth-led affiliation - Youth Ambassador Board (YAB) - to promote youth participation in social actions and world peace;
  • Set up summer internship program to provide cross-cultural understandings among Asian and Canadian youth.

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