It’s 1937. The Chinese are suffering a Holocaust at the hands of the Japanese. But when American forces intervene, the tides begin to turn—and for the next several years, they ultimately begin to win control of the islands located near the main island of Japan and fully succeed in late-1944. What happens during those few years changes the ...
It’s 1937. The Chinese are suffering a Holocaust at the hands of the Japanese. But when American forces intervene, the tides begin to turn—and for the next several years, they ultimately begin to win control of the islands located near the main island of Japan and fully succeed in late-1944.
What happens during those few years changes the course of history for both countries.
The Chinese Holocaust was even more severe than the well-known WWII Jewish Holocaust in Germany, but little is known about it in Western Civilization.
When the capital city of China is overtaken by the Japanese Army, two sisters—Meiling and Elizabeth—are in their late teens. They are helpless victims of the soldiers as they face brutal rape and subsequent death. And they are just two of the more than forty-thousand Nanking women between the ages of six to seventy-six who are gang-raped openly on the streets, both day and night. After the assaults, most of the females are slaughtered with bayonets—that is, except, the pretty ones. The young who remain are saved for sex slavery.
After Meiling is raped by three men, she escapes and joins Nanking's Organized Resistance Army (NORA) while Elizabeth becomes the willing concubine of the Japanese commandant who, after viewing her naked beauty on the street, saved her for himself. Torn with rage and shame at her sister’s betrayal to China and haunted by the slurs of her fellow resistance fighters, Meiling shoots Elizabeth in a risky disobedient solo venture to the Japanese commandant’s headquarters. Grief stricken over the painful screams of the sister she once adored, Meiling faces death by firing squad for her insubordination.
It’s 2007. Through the voice of eighty-eight-year-old Meiling, a nineteen-year-old aspiring male Canadian journalist travels the globe by putting pen to paper as he reports her encounters with Mao Zedong, Norman Bethune, American “Flying Tiger” pilots, Chiang Kai-shek, and Hideki Tojo—the Japanese Supreme Commander, later Japan’s War Minister and then, Prime Minister, and the man who conceived the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Kenny Russ Warren was born in Melfort, Saskatchewan, on April 2nd, 1938. His father was a Canadian National Railways station agent, so the family moved a lot and lived in apartments within the railway stations.
Kenny's youth was spent in cities and towns in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and British Columbia. He was both a pitcher and quarterback for high school teams in all three provinces. After stints in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and as a reporter with The Winnipeg Tribune, Kenny returned to the University of BC to complete his Bachelor of Arts, the University of Victoria for his Bachelor of Education, and Carleton University for a year of post grad journalism. He also worked part-time for city dailies in all three of those university cities: Vancouver, Victoria, and Ottawa.
It was however in Education and Government planning that Kenny Russ made his mark. After 30 successfully innovative years of teaching and career counseling young British Columbians and Californians, he retired early and journeyed to China where he taught for seven different years in seven different provinces of China. It was while teaching in China that Kenny Russ learned of the horrible crimes Japanese soldiers committed against Chinese civilians, mainly innocent women and children. It was a story that he felt had to be told, and, NORA and the Golden Dragon tells that story.