Friday, October 21, 2005

Paging John Dower

From the Chosun Ilbo...

"Second surprise mission to provoke Korea and China to anger accomplished, sir!” reports the Japanese pilot to his delighted wartime commander, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, who launched the first attack. Their mission: a massive 101 lawmakers pay their respects at the Yasukuni Shrine, which honors convicted war criminals among the country’s war dead and is the epicenter of historical revisionism in Japan.

Could someone explain to me, in simple terms--so that I might understand --why is it that in the year 2005 Koreans draw Japanese as buck-toothed, mustachioed, Harold-Lloyd-coke-bottle-glasses-wearing dweebs?


Robert Dujarric said...

John Dower question on Korean representation of Japanese. Why?
They must have seen a lot of old US propaganda posters.
I think this sort of thing is more "acceptable" in Korea (and maybe Japan?) than in the US. This is an even more homegenous society than Japan, so unlike the US, these types of drawings don't offend directly any locals.
Of course, this explains it, doesn't justify it.

MTC said...

What I find intriguing is that a stereotype created by Americo-Europeans in order to reflect their sense of physical superiority is reused by a population with an phenotype nearly identical to that of the Japanese.

Anonymous said...

I think it's intended to emphasize the throwback nature of Japan's resurgent militarism.
Or maybe it's a heavily ironic commentary on the Pavlovian cry of WO-O-O-LF from his/her antedeluvian Japan-hating fellow countrypersons.
What does the caption say?

Incidentally, this time, the blog tells me to type "kvahbhf." What earthly purpose does this serve anyway?

MTC said...

Mr. McDogg -

Blog spam bots can copy code but they not see or type.

The letters you are being asked to type out are part of a jpeg image.

When the bot arrives, it cannot see the image. Since it cannot type in the letters it cannot complete the access protocol. Consequently, it is refused access to the comment field.

Anonymous said...

Thanks. And sorry, I wasn't reading carefully, so I didn't realize that Koizumi's name had been spelled out in the panel, thus my dopey comment.