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Professor uses oral history to complicate official Chinese state narratives

Liu Dong has become a part-time oral historian, collecting stories from the soldiers of the Chinese Kuomintang (KMT) – or National Revolutionary Army during the Republican era (1912-1949) – who fought in the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression (1937-1945). The experience, he said, “has thoroughly changed my perceptions about Chinese history.”

Liu said his research shows that KMT soldiers played a more important role in this war, which undermines the assertions of many official history books which regard the Communist Party as the major contributor to the war effort.

Read more about Liu and his research here.

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