WWII vic­tory cel­e­brated

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show, which was co-hosted by the Canada Con­fed­er­a­tion of Fu­jian As­so­ci­a­tion and Dream­land Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre. “To­day marks the 70th an­niver­sary of the end of the WWII. We are here to celebrate the vic­tory to­gether with peo­ple who love peace and jus­tice.”

“Out­side of Asia, few peo­ple know about the length, breath and sheer sav­agery of what the Chi­nese suf­fered dur­ing WWII’s Sino-Ja­panese cam­paign,” said Bob De­laney, MPP for Mis­sis­sauga-Streetsville.

“Through the ex­hi­bi­tion and per­for­mance, Cana­di­ans have an op­por­tu­nity to feel this des­per­ate chap­ter of Asian history, grasp the re­lief from the lib­er­a­tion and share the joy of last­ing peace with our Chi­nese Com­mu­ni­ties,” he added.

The show also fea­tured Canada’s con­tri­bu­tions in the Al­lied push on the Asia-Pa­cific front, in­clud­ing great ef­forts in the Bat­tle of Hong Kong and trans­port­ing sup­plies by air over the Hi­malayan “Hump” to sup­ply Chi­nese forces in the Si­noJa­panese War.

Ode to Peace fea­tured a drama­ti­za­tion of cel­e­brated Cana­dian physi­cian Nor­man Bethune sav­ing lives on the bat­tle­field. It also shows a doc­u­men­tary of 13 Chi­nese-Cana­dian sol­diers on a se­cret mis­sion called “Op­er­a­tion Obliv­ion”, which was a ma­jor in­flu­ence in per­suad­ing the Cana­dian gov­ern­ment to grant Chi­nese Cana­di­ans full rights as cit­i­zens af­ter the war.

“The show is in­tended to bring mem­o­ries and history alive through per­form­ing arts cre­ated by Chi­nese Cana­di­ans here,” said Zhang Jian, the co-chair of the event. “By show­ing Canada and China’s con­tri­bu­tions to the war, we hope to de­velop a sense of pride among the Canada’s Chi­nese com­mu­ni­ties.”

Sen­a­tor Vic­tor Oh, Chi­nese Con­sul Gen­eral in Toronto Xue Bing and Cana­dian gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials at­tended the per­for­mance, as did rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Cana­dian and Chi­nese World War II vet­er­ans, such as Mark Fan, a 90-year-old gen­tle­man who served in Burma from 1943 to 1945. All came to pay homage to those who fought and those who made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice.

The se­ries of com­mem­o­ra­tive ac­tiv­i­ties will last un­til mid De­cem­ber.

RENA LI / CHINA DAILY

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