Kawakami Real Japanese Question

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Primary Document « Kiyoshi Kawakami Criticizes Exaggerations and Ignorance in Anti-Japanese Propaganda, 1921 » 1 Not long ago I was going to Washington, D. C., from New York. On the train I fell in with an American naval officer. Our conversa-tion rambled from one topic to another. Of course the officer did not fail to inject the Japanese question into it. "Speaking about the Japanese in California," he said, "that potato king George Shima is a great boy, isn't he?" "Yes,” I assented, "he is a great farmer, great business man, a man of great enterprise." "That's so, too," said the naval officer rather reluctantly, "but I didn't mean that sort of greatness-I understand he has five wives." At this I almost fell off my chair. Call George Shima a bigamist--Shima whose moral character is impeccable, whose devotion to his home is almost religious! Did it not betray the pruriency of the officer? Did he infer from the conduct of some American millionaires that no man of Shima's prosperity could be happy with just one wife?
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  • Spring '11
  • Dr.Dinwiddie
  • American naval officer, Japanese question, George Shima, Kiyoshi Kawakami Criticizes, king George Shima

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