An engraving shows Boxer prisoners being guarded by German sailors. Photo: Getty Images An engraving shows Boxer prisoners being guarded by German sailors. Photo: Getty Images
An engraving shows Boxer prisoners being guarded by German sailors. Photo: Getty Images
Wee Kek Koon
Opinion

Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

How Mark Twain’s ‘I am a Boxer too’ preceded the ‘Je suis Charlie’ slogan of Paris horror attack

  • Mark Twain’s sympathetic writing about the Boxer rebels in China, which neglected the murder and violence the movement unleashed on Chinese Christians and foreigners, makes satire problematic reading when it comes to slaughter
  • The eight-nation response to the turn-of-the-century Chinese uprising showed alarming hypocrisy as the allied force sought to quash the Yihetuan movement, raping and killing civilians

An engraving shows Boxer prisoners being guarded by German sailors. Photo: Getty Images An engraving shows Boxer prisoners being guarded by German sailors. Photo: Getty Images
An engraving shows Boxer prisoners being guarded by German sailors. Photo: Getty Images
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