Propaganda from China and Japan: A Case Study in Propaganda Analysis

Propaganda from China and Japan: A Case Study in Propaganda Analysis

Propaganda from China and Japan: A Case Study in Propaganda Analysis

Propaganda from China and Japan: A Case Study in Propaganda Analysis

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The average American is a busy person. He has neither the time nor the inclination to dig deeply into complicated public issues, especially those of foreign policy. Yet, as a responsible citizen, he is called upon to form an intelligent opinion on a wide variety of controversial questions. American policy in the Far East is one of them, and hardly one of the more simple ones, at that. The scholar may retire to his den and pore over the documents for six months before emerging with the answer. Not so the rest of us. Yet how can we make head or tail of the problem when we are confronted with statements and allegations which are flatly contradictory?

For example, suppose we read the following:

Japan, having sliced five of the largest and richest provinces from the territory of China, now thrusts her invading armies deeper into the heart of the Middle Kingdom. Their advance proceeds unchecked save for the heroic resistance of a people rising to defend its homes. After years of exploitation by corrupt officials and predatory foreign interests, the Chinese people were at last laying the foundation for a new national life. Suddenly their aspirations were shattered by a swift blow from the Japanese Army which plans the subjugation of China as the first step in the fulfillment of its "divine mission" to create a great pan-Asian empire. The security of all peace-loving peoples, as well as that of the Chinese themselves, is menaced by this fresh assault upon the treaty structure of the world. Japan must be checked, and the principles of law and decency vindicated, or civilization itself will receive its death blow.

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