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fiendishly oppressive captain who cares nothing for the welfare and lives
of his crew. When the boat is washed ashore on Kamchatka, the crew encounters a group of Russians, one of whom addresses it through a Chinese interpreter speaking broken Japanese:
“You, for sure, have no money.”
“You are poor men.”
“That’s right too.”
“So you proletarians. Understand?”
The Russian, smiling, started to walk around. Sometimes he would stop
and look over at them.
“Rich man, he do this to you” (gripping his throat). “Rich man become
fatter and fatter” (swelling out his stomach). “You no good at all, you become
poor. Understand? Japan no good. Workers like this” (pulling a long face and
making himself look like a sick man). “Men that don’t work like this” (walking about haughtily).
The young fishermen were very amused at him. “That’s right, that’s
right,” they said and laughed.
“Workers like this. Men that don’t work like this” (repeating the same gestures). “Like that no good. Workers like this!” (this time just the opposite,
swelling out his chest and walking proudly). “Men that don’t work like this!”
(looking like a decrepit beggar). “That very good. Understand? That country,
Russia. Only workers like this!” (proud). “Russia. We have no men who don’t 292 The Fruits of Modernity work. No cunning men. No men who seize your throat. Understand? Russia
not at all terrible country. What everyone says only lies.”26 One of the most popular mediums of mass culture in the 1920s was
the motion picture. The first foreign movie was shown in Japan in 1894;
a few years later, the Japanese began making movies of their own; and by
the post–World War I period Japanese studios were producing a steady
flow of films to meet the increasing demand for them by the movie houses
that were proliferating throughout the country. The earliest commercial
movies made in Japan were little more than records on film of stage productions of kabuki and its modern variant, shimpa. In the absence of any
innovative methods, much of the popularity of these movies with audiences depended...
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This note was uploaded on 02/08/2013 for the course ANTH 142 taught by Professor Hans during the Spring '13 term at The University of British Columbia.
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