Thursday, July 10, 2014

Japanese people angry? Yes, and we are worried about our future generations.

The author's purpose; disgracing the Japanese?
I read an interview of Hillenbrand on the site of US-Japan Dialogue on POWs.  You may find it below;
On this site, you click "Essays," and then find "Interview with Laura Hillenbrand, the author of Unbroken."

In this interview, Hillenbrand emphasizes that she tried hard not to make a stereotype of (evil) Japanese. As a result, the book has not caused any anti-Japanese sentiment among American readers.

"...I’ve received thousands of letters, emails and other correspondence from readers. Almost none of them have expressed ill-feeling towards Japan...
   ...I presented them (Japanese) as distinct individuals, some good, some bad..."

Well, in the book, when Zamperini was detained in a camp, he met only a few good Japanese. But most Japanese characters are evil in this story.  And, on the surrender of Japan, the author suddenly deviates from his story and lists up "Japanese atrocities." 

"...Japan had brought atrocity and death on a scale that staggers the imagination...They were evidently about to murder all the other POW's and civilian internees in their custody when the atomic bomb brought their empire crashing down." (Chapter 32,pp.502-503)

To me, she seems to emphasize the brutalities of Japanese.

Reactions: Hillenbrand has ever imagined the Japanese' reaction?

The American's reaction:
There must be readers who never have anti-Japanese sentiment after reading this book. At the same time, however, I hear many cursing words against Japanese on Youtube or any other site related to "Unbroken."
I am afraid that the anti-Japanese sentiment among the Americans might even deepen after the movie is released.

The Japanese reaction:
First of all, has she never imagined the reactions among Japanese?  Because the book is not supposed to be translated into Japanese? C'mon!, it is the 21st century!  Even the most conservative Japanese go online.  We know what's going on!

Out of Hillenbrand's list of Japanese brutality,what makes Japanese most angry is cannibalism episode as well as the massacre of Koreans on Tinian.  Cannibalism!

"...Thousands of other POW's were...or eaten alive in ritual acts of cannibalism..." (Chapter 32, p.502)

We have never heard about such a ritual in Japan. If she had the minimum knowledge of Japanese religion, history, culture, and its people, she would not believe cannibalism by the Japanese. She seems inspired by the penalty of slow slicing or the lingering death penalty (凌遅刑 in Chinese characters)and cannibalism on the continent.

Japanese people are angry.  The author Hillenbrand and the movie director Angelina Jolie are now called racists.  And we are very worried that, eventually, 30 years later or 50 years later, those episodes would be believed all true and the future generation of the Japanese are blamed for them.

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