A Sina Weibo account that documents the progress of the War of the Chinese People’s Resistance against Japanese Aggression (1931-45) in daily “on this day in history” posts for the past eight years, totaling almost 35,000 posts, came under the spotlight amid the 75th anniversary of Japan’s unconditional surrender in World War II.
The account received more than a million views on Saturday. A post which documents Japan’s surrender in World War II on August 15, 1945, was liked 105,000 times and retweeted 52,000 times, as it struck a chord among Chinese net users who recalled China’s painful past and cherished today’s strong China and peaceful life 75 years after the hard-won victory.
The Weibo account which is called “Livestreaming the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression” started posting on July 7, 2012. The Lugou Bridge Incident on July 7, 1937, is recognized as the start of Japan’s full-scale invasion of China, and China’s whole-of-nation resistance against it. It plans to stop updating posts on September 2, the date that the Japanese Instrument of Surrender was signed.
“It is easy to do a meaningful thing, but very difficult to insist on that for eight years,” a Weibo user commented under the Saturday post.
The posts are not to promote hatred or any other negative sentiments, but to remind people of the forgotten past in a measured way. It serves to remind people how our forefathers put aside disagreements and fought united against a common foe, and the fear, humiliation, and adversity