Sino-Japanese War Image on MIT Web Site Stirs Complaints from Chinese Students

Two professors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have temporarily shut down an educational Web site after Chinese students at the institution -- and letter and electronic-mail writers from China and elsewhere -- complained vehemently about one image on it.

The image was a 19th-century wood-block print that shows Japanese soldiers lining up and beheading Chinese prisoners during the Sino-Japanese War of 1894-95. It was posted six months ago on the Web site of an