The Japanese Through American Eyes

The Japanese Through American Eyes

by Sheila Johnson
     
 

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Largely based on the information conveyed by bestselling novels, magazines, cartoons, movies and television shows, this is an illuminating look at American attitudes and stereotypes about Japan since World War II. The book is illustrated with one photograph and sixteen cartoons.

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Largely based on the information conveyed by bestselling novels, magazines, cartoons, movies and television shows, this is an illuminating look at American attitudes and stereotypes about Japan since World War II. The book is illustrated with one photograph and sixteen cartoons.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Americans perceived the ``Japs'' as sneaky, cruel and fanatical during World War II. Today, writes anthropologist Johnson, our attitudes toward the Japanese have come full circle. Beneath the image of hardworking, intelligent team players lurks the stereotype of the Japanese as cold-blooded, ruthless aggressors; an image bolstered by our fears of Japan's competitive might. Drawing on American novels, movies and cartoons of the past four decades, Johnson reaches startling conclusions. For example, she finds that guilt over dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki paradoxically causes some Americans to dislike the Japanese more. This cogent study is as skeptical of James Clavell's Shogun as it is of William Ouchi's managerial handbook Theory Z (``quintessentially American''). From samurai strongmen to Zen seers, the popular images of the Japanese seen here shed light on Americans' fears, ideals, wishes and insecurities. (July)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804719599
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
11/01/1991
Edition description:
1
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
(w) x (h) x 0.70(d)

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