Jews in the Japanese Mind: The History and Uses of a Cultural Sterotype

Jews in the Japanese Mind: The History and Uses of a Cultural Sterotype

by David G. Goodman, Masanori Miyazawa
     
 

ISBN-10: 0029124824

ISBN-13: 9780029124826

Pub. Date: 04/01/1994

Publisher: Free Press

The popularity in Japan of books about Jews has climbed to staggering proportions....What explains the virtual obsession with Jews in Japan—a country that has no Jews? Many of the Japanese books about Jews are overtly antisemitic; but even a large number of otherwise respectable scholarly books are replete with egregious distortions and antisemitic canards, and…  See more details below

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The popularity in Japan of books about Jews has climbed to staggering proportions....What explains the virtual obsession with Jews in Japan—a country that has no Jews? Many of the Japanese books about Jews are overtly antisemitic; but even a large number of otherwise respectable scholarly books are replete with egregious distortions and antisemitic canards, and most propagate the myth that Jews control the American media and dominate international finance. How can we account for the indiscriminate mixture of fact and fantasy in the Japanese view of the Jews? In this cultural and intellectual history of modern Japan, authors David Goodman and Masanori Miyazawa use the Japanese image of the Jews to illuminate the Japanese mind. Tracing the sources and historical development of this image of the Jews against the background of Japan's emergence from centuries of cultural isolation, the authors reveal how its subtle alterations over time also reflect the changing character of Japanese social and political experience in this century. But while the Japanese do seem to have accepted all of the worst anti-Jewish stereotypes at face value, the remarkable fact is that, unlike Western antisemites, the Japanese frequently admire the Jews for achieving such disproportionate power, and argue that their countrymen should follow their example.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780029124826
Publisher:
Free Press
Publication date:
04/01/1994
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.47(w) x 9.57(h) x 1.29(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
IWhat the Japanese Think of Jews and Why Anyone Should Care1
IIMomotaro as Antisemite: The Cultural Roots of Japanese Images of Jews16
IIIGod's Chosen People: Jews in Japanese Christian Theology37
IVThe Protocols of Ultranationalism: The Rise of Antisemitism Between the Wars76
VJews as the Enemy: The Function of Antisemitism in Wartime Japan106
VIIdentification and Denial: The Uses of the Jews in the Postwar Period135
VIIThe Socialism of Fools: Left-Wing Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism183
VIIIA Signal Failure: Recrudescent Antisemitism and Japan's "Spiritual Condition"220
IXJapan's Jewish Problem: Implications in a Multicultural World252
Notes261
Bibliography307
Index347

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