|Date:||Saturday, September 16, 2000|
|Time:||2:25 PM - 5:00 PM|
|Place:||32 Wavely Place East, Rm. 520|
|School of Liberal Arts and Sciences|
|New York University|
|Direction:||Northeast Corner of Washington Square|
|8th Street (N R)|
|West 4th Street (A B C D E F Q)|
|Speakers:||Prof. Zhang Xudong 眎Π狥, FAS, East Asian Studies, NYU, moderator|
|Mr. Yang Li 法ミ, Esq, New York, Yu's Case, From Legal Point of View|
|Ms. Chao Suhsia 化睶獿, writer, An Analysis of Yu Dafu's Emotional Life|
|Prof. Jeffrey C. Kinkley ざ╦, St. John's Univ., Yu Dafu and China's Modern Consciousness|
|Prof. Peter Li 蚌紈 , Rutgers University, Yu Dafu: The Romantic Patriot|
|Chair:||Sam Chen 朝舅い, Kevin Chiang 瓣马, MD|
|Honored Guests:||The Yu family representatives|
|Special Guests:||Prof. T. K. Tong 紈, historian, Prof. Emeritus, CCNY|
|Ms. Tsung Su 翺礵, writer|
|Mr. Tingchuen Wang 供秜, writer|
|Mr. Timothy Tung 赋供, writer and commentator|
|Sponsors:||Alliance in Memory of Victims of the Nanjing Massacre|
|Chinese Alliance for Memorial and Justice|
|Chinese Oral History Association|
|Association of Chinese Students and Scholars in New York|
|New Jersey Writers Association|
|Diaoyutai Research Center (New York)|
|China Development Fund|
A young, talented writer of the 20s thru 40s,Yu Dafu disappeared from a party in Indonesia, where he was a refugee and was never seen again. That took place on 29 August 1945, two weeks AFTER the surrender announcement by the Japanese emperor, Hirohito, the formal end of the WWII.
Most believed the Japanese murdered him, because he knew too much of the war crimes during the Japanese occupation, when he was forced to serve as interpreter for the Japanese military police. In 1985, Prof. Masao Suzuki of Yokohama searched and found a Mr. D, the unit leader of the Japanese military police in Indonesia, who confessed that he had given the order to kill Yu.
The news story was reported in China and overseas. Not much thought, however, has been given to the possibility of determing Japan's responsibility for the criminal act and obtaining possible compensation. This meeting will mark the first time this possibility will be explored and discussed.
It is suggested a Yu Dafu Memorial Fund be established in memory of the great writer and for investigating the responsibility of Japan as the perpetrator of the act.
For more information, please call (212) 279-7426.