Learning from the past

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 30 August, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 30 August, 1995, 12:00am

I REFER to Penny Lee's letter headlined, 'Harmony' (South China Morning Post, August 24) and feel she should study more history.

Although I was born during World War II and can remember nothing about it as I was an infant, I have learned a lot about it since.

By remembering the war, we learn more about life.

We cannot and must not forget history, the history of our ancestors. We should feel grateful that our parents survived so that our mothers could give birth to the next generation.

The Japanese conquered others more than 50 years ago with their military might.

Now, they are doing the same thing with their financial might.

They are doing so, at the expense of the environment.

A few weeks ago I saw a documentary on television, which showed that the Japanese are encouraging the Indonesians to destroy their wildlife by exporting turtles to Japan where they are sold in shops and displayed in Japanese homes. It may be helping Indonesia's economy, but it is destroying its wildlife.

By contrast, the documentary showed how Japanese youngsters are brought up to show love and care for Japan's indigenous turtles.

Surely this is a case of double standards - protecting turtles in your own country and allowing the very same turtles from another country to be destroyed? They are able to do this through their financial clout. So, the past is still alive.

ROBERT THIO Happy Valley