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19 November 2005 @ 04:22 pm
Japan is at it again  
Comics betray growing xenophobia in Japan: Increased strength of South Korea, China fuels backlash

A pair of manga, one of which claims that "there is nothing at all in Korean culture to be proud of" while the other calls China a "world prostitution superpower" obsessed with cannibalism (?!), have become runaway bestsellers. The publisher is surprised with how popular they have become, but nobody seems particularly concerned.

The Hating the Korean Wave series began as a webcomic on the artist's site.

More fun from the nation that brought you Nida. I guess since their constitution forbids them from declaring war, they have to goad their neighbors into attacking first.
Current Mood: aggravatedaggravated
russgoulo on November 20th, 2005 01:12 am (UTC)
It sure would be nice if there existed some country that didn't have racism, bigotry, etc. :(
gwalla: halloweengwalla on November 20th, 2005 05:50 am (UTC)
Yeah, it would.
Eric Mericmonster on November 20th, 2005 03:07 am (UTC)
Wait a minute, I'm obsessed with cannibalism. Does this make me Chinese?
cholma: Speechlesscholma on November 20th, 2005 08:43 am (UTC)
So some dickhead wants to bring back the idea of the Japanese occupation of Korea where the Korean language and culture was outlawed and only Japanese was allowed, and a bunch of people like that? Sounds like the Japanese version of Skinheads and those idiots who swear that the Holocaust never happened.

I remember how when I was deployed to Japan in 1985 they strongly cautioned those of us who had been to Korea to NOT mention how much Tokyo reminded us of Seoul (architecture is very similar) because it would be taken as an insult.
gwalla: king crimson fingergwalla on November 20th, 2005 08:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah, except skinheads and Holocaust deniers are generally considered distasteful fringe groups. In contrast, there has been almost no public condemnation of these manga by anybody in Japan (although I bet there's plenty of private condemnation by Korean-Japanese).
Wog of Westminstergrassynoel on November 21st, 2005 03:25 am (UTC)
Hatred of foreigners is not so ingrained into the social fabric in most countries as it is in Japan. Their very word for foreigner, gaijin, has a negative mood and is better translated as 'barbarian'. At least, that was the case when I learned the word.

When a Japanese person expresses hate for Korea and China, specifically, it screams out 'sore loser' to me.
Justin Grahamstr1 on November 21st, 2005 04:24 am (UTC)
It's true that Japan has been historically very xenophobic when it comes to other cultures, but at the same time, every country has their racist morons. While most Japanese might not publically come out and criticize the fools that publish that trash, the fact might simply be that the majority of the population chooses to ignore them as a way of not giving them any power. It's like in the U.S. how people have the freedom to be members of the KKK. Just because it exists doesn't mean that these fools deserve our attention, even negatively. Groups like that thrive on anything that they can get, including ridicule.