While most people have let bygones be bygones, it seems like some people in Henan still hold a strong grudge against the Japanese.
After retiring from the military, Duan Shaojie settled down in Luoyang. With lots of spare time on his hands, the 57-year-old sat down and built a “Japanese devil” robot.
Combining his artistic ability, welding skill and hatred of Japanese, Duan spent around a year building the hateful thing. The robot is attached to a cart and capable of towing along one person. That individual sits in a cart behind, commanding the robot to walk, run, turn and even walk backwards.
Unsurprisingly, Duan’s creation has attracted quite a bit of attention and people often stop him to pose for pictures with it. It looks this guy could be the star of Henan’s next Yuanxiao festival celebrations.
And Duan says he’s not done. He is currently considering building more robots such as an “Eighth Route Army soldier wielding a knife,” a “tank robot,” and a “robot spy.”
If this robot ever outlives its usefulness as a beast of burden, Duan can also take it on down to the archery range and use it for target practice.
Henan suffered heavily during World War II, due to Japanese invaders, but also after Chinese defenders broke dikes along the Yellow River to slow the advance of the Japanese army, drowning hundreds of thousands of residents. The province also suffered through one of the worst famines in recent Chinese history from 1942 to 1943 with over 2 million dying from starvation. Some Henan-natives have taken out their frustration by crashing their scooters into Japanese-made cars.
But the Japanese aren’t the only ones to fall victim to this quite of thing — as this blond-haired puller can attest.
By Sarah Lin
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