A friend sent this to me and I thought it too funny / horrible / ridiculous not to share with all of you. During WWII, a particularly racist day and age, there existed a “Pocket Guide To China” which were given to American soldiers stationed in China at the time. Because Japan was in China, there was a section in there called “How To Spot A Jap.” I would like to show it to you now.
It starts with a nice little intro page (lots of wasted black ink!). Then there’s some Mandarin in there to help you out. “nee EE YAH!oo SHEHM-muh? waw UH yoh OH S YAHNG YEHN!”
It starts with a couple of Asians getting picked up by a patrol. They look similar… or do they? Let’s check out their faces.
C’mon. Buck teeth? Also, maybe they “shuffle” because they’ve learned how to walk properly.
Okay, I could maybe see the geta thing, at least back then… The S-hissing thing is also kind of true, though not to the extent this makes it out to be. Still, something interesting I never thought about, I suppose.
I would say most prisoners shouldn’t be trusted. Also, is this the origin of the fanny pack? Do all Japanese tourists have a “Guardian of Honor” on them? I better watch out for those camera toting, high-socks fanny pack wearing Japanese seniors. Also, what are “comic strip gadgets?” Go-go-gadget pistol!
A nice little s-s-sss-sumary, and a reminder that the Japanese have tricked the Chinese even (omg). Be careful out there, soldier!
This comic was drawn up by Milton Caniff who is known for doing “Terry and the Pirates.” While it’s not particularly the type of thing you’d want associated to your name nowadays, these were definitely different times.
I’m hesitant to say that this book is “horrible” or “wrong” (it was), but it was probably a necessity of the times. Everyone stereotyped and got all racist because that’s the kind of war it had become. Almost nothing about WWII was good, but it’s also hard to get upset at something like this, I think. If anything, it’s a nice reminder of how far we’ve really come. For one thing, most people don’t use the word “Jap” anymore. I know people say “oh that’s racist” or “don’t stereotype” all the time these days still but wow, just think about how things were only 70 years ago. The US was putting people in camps for being Japanese, Japanese were forcing Koreans and Chinese into labor camps, and Nazis were being Nazis. It was pretty bad to say the least. Also, segregation only officially ended in 1964. That was like… not that long ago. At this rate in another 50 years the people of earth will be one big happy rainbow.
So, there’s your entertainment for the day. Be sure to share this information with your friends and family. You never know when you’ll need to know this information. They could still be out there, sneaking, pretending to be one of us… fanny packs, man. Fanny packs.