Hi readers. Thanks for coming by for a read.
If you’re harboring any sweetness and light illusions that the Chinese have forgotten the Rape of Nanking et al, and that they’ve bought into the US post WWII dedication to venerating the Japanese, forget it. Just go over to Netflix and have a look at what comes out of the Chinese movie industry these days.
Naturally they find a lot of opportunities to make films about Nanking days and the countless dramas played out at the end of Japanese bayonets, downrange from Japanese artillery, rifles and pistols, and underneath Japanese bombers. That’s to be expected. Murdering, raping and generally having an orgy of plundering a few hundred thousand people lingers on the minds of their progeny. Native Americans do the same thing.
But the Chinese make a lot of films about all manner of subjects and genres. It’s inevitable there’ll be Japanese in some. Military men, of course. Business men, martial arts masters, you name it.
But what’s fun about Chinese depiction of Japanese is the consistent, mean, evil, ugly, portrayals whenever a Japanese person rears his ugly head in a Chinese movie. And incidentally, how much better Chinese-martial artists fare against Japanese martial artists, you name the weapon or method.
I’d almost bet there hasn’t been a Japanese person depicted in a Chinese film since WWII that was anyone you’d wish to meet in a dark alley, or want to marry your daughter.
We in the US accepted the US government approach at the end of WWII, that the Japanese were the best people in Asia whom we loved the most of all of them. Went about making them richer than they were back when they were killing Chinese with abandon, enslaving the Koreans, and charging US Marine machine gun positions with bayonets.
We rebuilt Japan backward forward and sideways while we helped the Chinese further destroy Korea better than the Japanese ever got around to, then moved down and tried to flatten Vietnam because the Japanese hadn’t really focused on them.
But the Chinese didn’t buy that. Maybe they have WE WILL NEVER FORGET banners out in the rural towns the way the US used to say about Pearl Harbor, the Alamo, and Little Bighorn. And the sinking of the Maine and the Lusitania.
Wonder if there are any countries remember us that way. Besides the Indians, I mean.