EASC150 Midterm Study Guide
Differences between the Chinese and Japanese images of stereotypes that were shown in TV episodes in
Chinese are usually depicted as cold, evil, cunning, and distrustful individuals.
Such stereotypes dates as
far back as the late 1800’s and were caused by the availability of Chinese workers who were seen as
cheap labor and a possible
Beginning in the 1930’s, Chinese were also viewed as
superstitious, child-like, ignorant people as a result of the film The Good Earth.
Most of these images are
still present today.
Media perceptions and stereotypes of Japan have always been much more diversified.
Images of quiet, king, sincere and hardworking people coexist with those of fanatic, two faced, ruthless
During the 1980’s America was infatuated with Japan’s invincible economy and technologic
achievements, and the nation become both suspicious and scared of Japan’s power.
Currently, this is the
same attitude that is perceived towards China.
Koreans were thought off to be very disciplined.
were very into education.
They spend most of their day being educated with teachers and books.
Simpson’s’ Episode: The Japanese culture is shown to accept the humiliation or struggle of others
as an acceptable form of entertainment, based on the game show the Simpson’s participate in on
This makes the Japanese culture seem insensitive to social ethics.
Simpson’s Episode & South Park Episode: The Japanese are viewed as very simple-minded. In
the Simpson’s, the crowd is easily entertained by the game show despite the nature of it, and the
seizure – robots cartoon on tv, show that the Japanese population are easily entertained by
anything flashy or popular. In the south park episode, the Japanese fad “chinpoko mon” shows
that the typical Japanese character is a follower rather than leader since once the product becomes
popular or mainstream, everyone is determined to buy one in order to be cool or to fit in with
everyone else around them.
The Japanese are shown as Anti – American and Imperialistic in the south park episode because
throughout the whole episode, the main goal of the Japanese government officials is to control the
US and take over.
The Soviet Model and the Maoist Model of Development
Soviet Model of Development – In the early years of the Chinese Communist Party rule (1921), China’s
leaders used the Soviet model of development in education, the legal system, and the economic system.
Model of development in economics – favored capital-intensive industrialization, but the Soviet
“aid” had to be repaid
China had to rely on Soviet experts and well-educated Chinese and the Communists were not sure
if they could trust them
It is questionable if the CCP would have been as successful as it was in China in the 1950’s if it
didn’t use Soviet support.