A Chinese baby cries

I just came across this famous photo for the first time in years and it really moved me. A Chinese baby cries in terror at the Shanghai train station after it was bombed by the Japanese. Very powerful.

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The Discussion: 12 Comments

Wow, that is awesome. Thanks for sharing. Creepy.

January 20, 2005 @ 8:04 pm | Comment

He is the poster child of that war. In China I’ve seen this photo for many times. Great and powerful photo journalism.

An anecdote indicates that the boy survived. Don’t know if it’s true but wish it is.

January 20, 2005 @ 8:17 pm | Comment

A bit of history. That is one of the most famous photos from WW11.

January 20, 2005 @ 8:18 pm | Comment

Yes, after i posted it I realized I had seen it before and then I looked it up. I think it was so powerful to me, because I knew (subconcsioulsy) that it made an impact on me years ago….

January 20, 2005 @ 8:26 pm | Comment


Thank you for sharing this photo and your sympathy.

And most importantly, I am yet to thank you for this great site and your concerns about China.

A real friend doesn’t only say what pleases the ears, but what he or she truely thinks is right and wrong, which could sound uncomfortable, but always be good for the heart. China needs more people like you. 诤友难得, 感激不尽.

Back to the photo. This is indeed a powerful photo, and it reminds me all the suffering my sisters and brothers had to go through, and more importantly, the courage and strength they had to fight back. Not to be forgotten are those Americans who supported Chinese people, fought along side by side with Chinese soldiers and those who sacrificed their lives for the just purpose. They deserve the highest respect.


January 20, 2005 @ 8:53 pm | Comment

To Bellevue and Richard.

Bellevue wrote:

“I don’t know if bingfeng joined their cheer in Shanghai, or if Jung Rhee joined his Chinese compatriots applauding here in American soil over the smoke from ground Zero, but if they did, I wouldn’t be surprised. Later the news came, a burst of joy raged over China’s cyberspace and cubical space as well next morning, turning the day a festival for them. To quote one typical post on Internet, ‘I can’t be happier, and I have not been happy like this for many years.’

Why? Why is that? I leave the question to Thomas Friedmans and Nicolas Kristofs. All I know is if this is the Chinese way, then I’m not a Chinese.”

This is the most offensive comment I have ever read in Richard’s Pekingduck.org but obviously not to Richard.

I have a lot of friends and relatives in NYC. My close friend died that day when the first plane hit, what word can explain my feeling for these 3 years about 9/11, “sad”, “anguish”, or “total devastation”, i dont know, it is beyond my description. I can;t take myself to go back to the site anymore. I know people who comitted suicide for their loved one vanished that day.

Bellevue, this is enough for me. You heartless soulless monster should truly be ashamed of yourself.

January 21, 2005 @ 4:10 am | Comment

JR, he thinks his credibility has been greatly elevated by finding that AFP news.

may the God forgive this shameless soul full of hatred.

January 21, 2005 @ 6:50 am | Comment

To the poster above with the name in Chinese — thanks for the very heartfelt and wonderful comment. I wish everyone here could be that civilized.

January 21, 2005 @ 5:04 pm | Comment

I think that this one ranks up with the picture of the girl running from the US Napalm attack in Vietnam, the man who stood in front of the tanks at Tiananmen in 1989 and the single brick building left standing in the ruins of Hiroshima.

Pictures like this are a powerful reminder to us all that wars kill more than just soldiers. After all, it wasn’t until people in Britain learned of the nigtmare of trench warfare that they swore never to let it happen again, or America saw the news reals of GI with limbs missing that it realized how terrible vietnam was, and the same for a dozzen other conflicts.

If we forget picutres like this, we will soon forget just how terrible war is, and when we think that war is clean and that only soldiers die, we forget why, after each war, we swear that we will never fight another.

January 23, 2005 @ 5:01 am | Comment

yoyoyo wat ever

April 12, 2006 @ 1:29 pm | Comment

hiya ive got none pictures like that itsa really nice but ugly haaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 12, 2006 @ 1:31 pm | Comment

This was the photo that really catalyzed anti-Japanese-Imperialism feelings in the U.S.

And during the war, we considered the Chinese and Filipino peoples to be our full allies, along with anyone else.

My dad served in China-Burma-India … USAAF base personnel … by the way. But he was less than pleased, when … when I was about 10 … I built a “Burma Road” — a toy truck wide swath of pulled grass — all the way from our back yard out to our front yard. 🙂

July 11, 2006 @ 5:56 pm | Comment

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