Books March 2011

Japan-Bashing: Anti-Japanism since the 1980s

By Narrelle Morris

From the “yellow peril” to the fear—now seemingly ridiculous—of a Japan-dominated world, the book looks at the portrayal of anti-Japanese sentiment in Western media, political circles, popular culture and public opinion. The rise and fall of the term “Japan-bashing” in both Japan and the West is examined, and accompanied by an analysis of how its use was perceived by both sides. While academic in its approach, there is also a certain amount of dark humour in the book, much of it from the lazy stereotyping of the Japanese which characterised a lot of the bashing.