Xenophobia in Asia

Japanese Fad: Comics that Degrade Chinese and Koreans

Onishi reports on the increasing xenophobic feelings in Japan, using two popular comic books as an example. The two comics, “Hating the Korean Wave” and “Introduction to China” both frequently degrade Chinese and Korean people.The comics depict them as vile people which encourages prejudice and discrimination. They also tend to gloss over Japan’s wartime atrocities in China, where Japan propagated false information. Onishi suggests that this increasing xenophobia is due to China and South Korea’s growing economies, which may threaten Japan’s position as the economic and cultural leader of Asia.

Onishi, Norimitsu. “Japanese Fad: Comics That Degrade Chinese and Koreans.” International Herald Tribune. http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/11/20/news/comics.php (accessed July 23, 2008).


Olympic Protests May Spur Xenophobia in China

Goodspeed discusses how the anti-Olympics/pro-Tibet protests around the world have created feelings of resentment and xenophobia in China. Goodspeed believes that Chinese people feel the world will do or say anything to ruin their “peaceful rising.” China’s response to these attacks could sharpen tension in the region and created more feelings of xenophobic nationalism. The Chinese government has highlighted America’s hypocrisy, pointing to its illegal war in Iraq and human rights violations in Guatanamo Bay. The government controlled Chinese media has condemned America for its friendly relations with the Dalai Lama.

Goodspeed, Peter. “Olympic Protests may Spur Xenophobia in China.” National Post. http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=447955 (accessed July 30, 2008).


Lebanon: Palestinian Refugees Face Systematic Discrimination

Russeau describes how Palestinian refugees in Lebanon face regular discrimination and prejudice within the country. Not only are they forced to live in overcrowded and segregated camps or ghettos, but they are often denied work permits. This is because of Lebanon’s refugee policy, in which foreigners are allowed work permits if their home country allows work permits for the immigrants. Since Palestine is not a country, they cannot issue work permits to anyone, let alone Lebanese immigrants. Furthermore, Russeau repeats stories of Palestinians being treated unfairly by the Lebanese army, which sees the refugees as a security threat.

Russeau, Simba. “Lebanon: Palestinian Refugees Face Systematic Discrimination.” Inter Press Service News Agency. http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=39817 (accessed June 19, 2008).