Cover of South China Graphic, a Dōmei News Agency publication.
This cover image is taken from Huanan huabao (South China graphic) 3.1 (January 1941). The staged photograph deploys one of the standard tropes of Japanese propaganda in occupied China, i.e., that of a Japanese woman and Chinese woman fraternising with each other. This trope was derived from Manchukuo propaganda and the notion of “gozoku kyōwa” (“the harmony of the five races”), as well as attempts to feminise the image of an occupied China. Note how the Japanese woman is pictured as being slightly higher than her Chinese peer.
- January 1941
Dōmei News Agency 同盟通信社
Book / Published Material
- Return to the capital
- propaganda, women
Kari Shepherdson-Scott, “Race behind the walls: Contact and containment in Japanese images of urban Manchuria,” In Christopher Hanscom and Dennis Washburn (eds), The Affect of Difference: Representations of Race in East Asian Empires (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2016), 180 – 206.
Source Reference Details
EAL 2991.5 4454
East Asia Library, Stanford University