Racism in World War 2 Japan

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The Japanese were perceived as treacherous and low down because of their attack at Pearl Harbor. Popular war songs of the day included "You're a Sap, Mister Jap" and "We're Gonna Have to Slap the Dirty Little Jap". A movie by Frank Capra, Know You're Enemy-Japan, shown to all servicemen, attempted to show the Japanese as, "fantastic and fanatic?fired by relentless national ambition?trained from birth to fight and die for his country?and also given to ?mad dog' orgies of brutality...
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The Japanese were referred to as, "animals, reptiles, or insects(monkeys, baboons, gorillas, dogs, mice and rats, vipers and rattlesnakes, cockroaches, vermin or more indirectly, the ?Japanese herd' and the like."(Dower, 82) In addition to these depictions, the Japanese were also likened to primitives, madmen, children and the Yellow Menace...
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