Sunday, April 22, 2007

teaching hatred

After recovering from lunch, a group of us went to Cheonan's historical site, Independence Hall. It's a really beautiful place to visit, with outdoor sculptures and monuments and a network of museum buildings (if somewhat difficult to navigate). Detracting slightly from these positives is the disturbing display out front. Mock torture rooms with nail studded boxes (see pictures), fingernail-pulling devices, racks, water torture, confinement containers, lashes, restraints, and much more feature colorful depictions and lifesized models of people tortured and bleeding by evil and animalistic Japanese guards. Children played gleefully in/with the different installations...some receiving lectures from their parents on Japanese evil and aggression. I'm all for learning...but hasn't the "appropriate" line been crossed when we turn torture into fun?
boys happily playing at torture

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