ECONOMICS CLUB: JAPANESE CULTURE BEFORE & AFTER WWII

OU ECONOMICS CLUB HOSTED A SEMINAR ON JAPANESE CULTURE PRE- & POST- WWII.

 

AND LET ME JUST SAY, I HAD ******NO IDEA******* OF THE JAPANESE REASON TO ENTER WWII. JUST FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN’T HEARD THE UN-AMERICANIZED VERSION, ACCORDING TO JAPANESE HISTORIANS, JAPAN BOMBED AMERICAN SEA VESSELS BECAUSE THEY SAW AMERICA AS A THREAT TO THEIR INVASION OF MALAYA AND THE DUTCH EAST INDIES. THEY “NEEDED” TO INVADE SAID TERRITORIES BECAUSE OF THEIR NATURAL RESOURCES, AND THEIR INVASION OF THE UNITED STATES WAS SEEN AS A COMPLETELY LOGICAL STEP IN THE NECESSARY CONQUERING OF SURROUNDING COUNTRIES.

 

THE PROFESSOR REVIEWED BOTH JAPANESE AND AMERICAN PROPGANDA, THE LATTER MAINLY TAKEN FROM ARMY ‘ASSIMILATION VIDEOS’. THE JAPANESE PROPOGANDA USED MANY OF THE SAME TACTICS AS THE AMERICAN, UTILIZING POSTERS, MOVIES, BOOKS AND RADIO TO DEHUMANIZE THE OTHER. UNFORTUNATELY FOR THE JAPANESE, THE MILITARY WAS NOT VERY WELL ORGANIZED AND THE NATIONALISTIC PROPOGANDA THAT ENLISTED SO MANY SOLIDERS ACTUALLY ENDED UP BEING WHAT KILLED THEM. IMMEDIATELY AFTER WWII, THE U.S. OCCUPIED JAPAN FOR 6 AND A HALF YEARS, ESTABLISHING DEMOCRACY AND DEMILITARIZING JAPAN. JAPAN AND ITS DEMOCRACY FLOURISHED AND EVENTUALLY BECAME A HUGE EXPORTER TO THE U.S. IN THE 70S & 80S, BUT SUFFERED AN ECONOMIC FALLOUT IN THE 90S.

 

THIS LECTURE MADE ME REALISE THE BIAS FROM WHICH AMERICAN HISTORY IS TAUGHT IN SCHOOLS. IT MAKES ME WONDER HOW MANY OTHER SIDES OF HISTORY THAT HAVE GONE UNTAUGHT.

 

 

FEBRUARY 2016 EDIT: THIS VIDEO IS DEFINITELY WORTH WATCHING. SOMEBODY SHARED IT ON FACEBOOK AND GIVES A FUN/QUICK

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh5LY4Mz15o

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