Summary Depictions of Japanese in The Simpsons While animation has typically been dismissed as "cartoons" for children, The Simpsons manages to appeal to both high and low culture, with a combination of sharp intellectual wit and vulgar humor. Various researchers have made use of the aspects of the show to illuminate their own area of study. Dobson writes about the treatment of Japan and Japanese across multiple episodes. Many, especially in Japan, have seen the Simpsons' depiction of Japanese as ignorant racist and stereotyping (though the writers do not limit such depictions to just Japan, but have taken shots at a large variety of cultures).
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This note was uploaded on 09/17/2009 for the course CAT CAT 3 taught by Professor Knight during the Spring '09 term at UCSD.