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Old 17 May 2013, 04:37 PM
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Originally Posted by ganzfeld View Post
The word for race in Japanese simply means "type of person". It could mean practically anything. The idea of races was a rather foreign concept. Of course, xenophobia by any name smells equally abhorrent. Unfortunately, the Japanese were emulating the west at a time when the west was, frankly, more racist than much of the world would ever be.
Not to defend any of this racial asshattery, but didn't the Japanese harbor some resentment towards China for real or perceived bigotry from the Chinese towards the Japanese? It seems that from what I've read in the past that a lot of racial mudslinging was going on in East Asia, with the Korean pennisula being considered the low man on the totem pole.
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