How Japanese Martial Arts Invaded the West

The distinctly ‘fascistic’ elements of Japanese racism – defined as ‘fighting spirit’ – was imported into the West as being both ‘transcendent’ and ‘spiritual’ – and presented as an example to be followed by those Westerners interested in the practice of Japanese martial arts. Overnight a number of serving or ex-serving US Servicemen sprang-up in the US wearing the white ‘gi’ and black belts around their middle.

The Racist Rhetoric of the Pro-Tibetan Movement

This essentially ‘Cold War’ rhetoric presents the Tibetan people through a highly racialised filter, very much in the mould of WWII era Japanese militarism and fascism (which depicted the Japanese people as being both physically and spiritually superior to all other ethnic groups). It is also something akin to Hitlerism, and the notion of a ‘pure race’ and of a race of ‘supermen’.

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