|Nell Chennault Calloway, granddaughter of Lieutenant General Claire Lee Chennault and director of the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum, in an interview with People's Daily. (Photo/ People's Daily)|
"We want to tell China's story in our museum, let people know about historical Sino-US cooperation, and help people truly understand China.” Thus spoke Nell Chennault Calloway, granddaughter of Lieutenant General Claire Lee Chennault and director of the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum, in an interview with People's Daily.
During WWII, an American military air force squadron offered great help to China in the war against the Japanese army. Known as the “Flying Tigers”, it was commanded by Gen. Claire Lee Chennault.
"My grandfather loved China and his heart never left China," said Nell in the interview. "After the Nanjing Massacre, my grandfather immediately provided medical supplies and offered whatever help he could give."
Calloway said that in truth she had been afraid of China when she was little; she had been told that China was a huge country which planned to invade America. But following regular visits to China she has developed a better understanding of the country's history and culture, and she now recognizes that China is committed to peace, and has no history of foreign adventurism.
Ms Calloway commended China's efforts in educating its young people about the country's history. She was told that visits to the museum are part of the material through which Chinese students study the history of WWII.
Calloway believes that China's setting of a national memorial day to commemorate the Nanjing Massacre is of significance to Chennault Aviation and Military Museum. Chennault's "Flying Tigers" played a key role in winning the Chinese People's War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression.
"Those who deny their past have no future" is Calloway's favorite saying. The museum's mission is to help Americans to appreciate the suffering of the Chinese people during WWII, and understand the history of the two countries' mutual struggle.
According to the Calloway, although the National Museum of American History contains information on the "Flying Tigers", the United State has no museum which presents the history of the two countries fighting shoulder to shoulder during WWII. She plans to expand the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum, and will encourage all American museums to tell this story to the public and promote the China-US relationship.
Calloway said the China-US relationship is one of most important bilateral relations in the world. She wants to tell all she can of China's story in the museum, encourage people to recall the cooperation between the two countries, and help them to truly understand China.
The article is edited and translated from 《让正义的声音更强大》, source: People's Daily