Huanan huabao (South China Graphic) cover, January 1941

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.

Date

January 1941

Artist/Creator

Dōmei News Agency 同盟通信社

Medium

Book / Published Material

Theme

Return to the capital

Case Studies

Japanese-occupied China
(1937-1945)

Keywords

propaganda, women

Further information

Further Reading

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

East Asia Library, Stanford University

Source Reference Details

EAL 2991.5 4454

Permissions/Acknowledgements

East Asia Library, Stanford University

COTCA Identifier

SEAL-0010

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