My POV/BTS video from the 2013 Pride Parade in NYC is finished, check it out!
Nanjing Massacre survivors Li Gaoshan and Wang Suhhua. Mr. Li was an orphan who joined the military at 13 under the identity of a deserter. His story is exceptionally moving. He lasted a single day in after the city was occupied before he was captured and put in a lineup to be shot. He survived because he was shorter than the rest, and hid under the bodies until he could flee. He was recaptured by Japanese a bit later, and was put in another lineup where each person was shot. When the soldiers reached him, they stopped to laugh at him, as he was wearing the deserter’s uniform which was very large on him. The decided to take him back with them and make him their stableboy. After a week, he escaped and ran into a random home, where a woman found him and took him to the Safety Zone with her, and adopted him after the massacre.
He later married Ms Wang, also an orphan, and one of teacher Minnie Vautrin’s refugees in the Safety Zone. I’ve studied much of Vautrin’s work and read her diaries, and it was incredible to meet one of the people she saved in Nanjing. They’ve lived a quiet, modest life in Nanjing, and have been happily married for 63 years.
Nanjing Massacre Survivor Cao Zhikun, who was a civilian shot with a dum dum bullet by Japanese forces in 1937. It took 3 years for the wound to heal, as his family couldn’t afford medical care. He didn’t get three bone fragments removed until 52 laters. The photo he is holding is of his mother, two siblings, and himself taken November 27 1937, a couple weeks before the massacre.
Please check out my Kickstarter for the Nanking Massacre Survivors for the 75th anniversary. Time is of the essence, there are less than 200 survivors left, all in old age. Help share/support to get me to China this winter to begin the vital documentation of this overlooked community!
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Egyptians filled Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Tuesday for another night of protests against a court verdict that spared the life of former leader Hosni Mubarak, and over the candidacy of Mr. Mubarak’s last prime minister in the presidential runoff.
So I haven’t been posting my images on here, because ZUMA Press is now representing me, and there’s all this exclusivity stuff(pardon my eloquence) that I need to look into, before delving back into the blog realm. Check my Facebook page, www.facebook.com/amandamustardphoto for updates!