The Wanpaoshan Incident Essay
The simple issue over the use of land by farmers would be sensationalized by the Korean and Japanese media to incite anti-Chinese violence that lasted for weeks and left many Chinese citizens dead and even more businesses destroyed. Although the incident itself was relatively minor, it sparked a rash of violence and hatred across Korea.
Wanpaoshan is a small village in Manchuria and through it flows the Itung River. The area is particularly suitable for rice cultivation due the extremely wet climate. 140 Korean farmers had moved to Wanpaoshan with their …show more content…
In June negotiations began between the Japanese consul and Chinese government officials to resolve the issue. The talks did little to sooth the building hostility in the area. On the 14th, the Japanese consul offered to pay the Chinese for any damages the irrigation project may cause and warned the Chinese about possible consequences for the Chinese treatment of the Koreans. Chinese General Chang Tse-hsiang accepted to the offer and vowed that harassment to the Koreans would stop. The situation moved to the back-burner in mid-June when heavy rains arrived in