I had a WWII historian tell me once that the war in the Pacific between the USA and Japan was the most overtly racist war ever waged--this racism being apparent on both sides.I've read interviews with surviving Japanese soldiers who will swear that the struggle in the Pacific was to prevent domination of Asian by white people and that, while they technically lost the war, they achieved the main goal of preventing the white domination of Asian people.I've seen war-era Japanese cartoon posters, portraying American soldiers pretty much as red-faced baboons. But I've never seen any of their propaganda cartoons from that period.
Ah, Tokyo Woes. Clampett at his "clampettiest".
...but where are the cannonballs?
You know, I think the traditional 1940s cartoon representation of a Japanese (horn-rimmed eyeglasses, protruding buck teeth, kowtowing grin that's somehow slightly menacing...) comes partly from the great Peter Lorre - who wasn't Asian at all, but Hungarian/Austrian. I was watching Mr. Moto's Last Warning (1939) on TCM the other night, when a close-up of Lorre smiling (in-character as Moto) unexpectedly morphed (at least it seemed that way to my cartoonist eyes) into a broad caricature drawing, straight out of a WWII cartoon. I wish I had a clip of the scene, it was pretty amazing. The Mr. Moto character often play acts with unwary opponents - pretending to be obsequious and harmless when he's secretly plotting some covert enemy action. Although he's ostensibly the hero, (the Moto films were made before Pearl Harbor, when the U.S. and Japan were still at peace), he's pretty wily and underhanded for a traditional movie good guy. From such unassuming beginnings, great cartoon archetypes are born...
I wonder if you're going to make lovely remarks about the Japanese being a 'cold' race in this post as well.... Seems to be a nice, subtle little trend with you.Tell us, oh manchild, what opinions do you hold of every other race and culture?
Look at that, John, you upset a weeaboo.
Here's an American WWII cartoon that's even more "offensive:"http://www.guba.com/watch/2000904502Why Muraki or anyone else who wants to defend the Japanese Empire in that horrible conflict is beyond me. Maybe he should watch "The Bridge On The River Kwai."If nothing else, it's superb entertainment (how can you go wrong in that department with Alec Guinness and William Holden starring?) but it often looks more like a documentary.Which, to a great extent, it is.
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