Originally Posted by silverpraxis
Thank you for the grammar correction, I edited my post. The wallowing part was in reference to a previous post he made about a historical time period in the US that was anti-Asian probably due to some general American sentiment after WWII. I believe he may have thought people were railing against Samsung on this forum because of that mostly long-forgotten anti-Asian sentiment. Thankfully, that's not the case.
I usually stay away from subtopics like this... I thought the OP dropped a racist card for no reason...
But maybe I can help a little...
I was born before WWII, and was a teen-ager in the 1950's. My pre-teens were in a suburb of Minneapolis, Mn. My teens and early adult years were spent in Pasadena, CA. California was pretty tolerant in those days. I don't recall any particular racial or ethnic bias -- until we moved to Las Vegas (1964-68), then ChicagoLand (1968-71).
It always seemed odd that a Black man like Sammy Davis Jr. could be the headline star performer at a top hotel on the Las Vegas strip... but he couldn't stay at the hotel.
ChicagoLand was another thing altogether -- it was a mish-mash of racial and ethnic communities (not a melting pot) and everyone seemed to hate/resent/envy everyone who was different. I worked for IBM in Des Plaines, and remember talking to a fellow worker who was moving to the area. He complained that he couldn't afford to buy a house in Skokie. I suggested he look for a house in an outlying community... He responded that he was Jewish and Jews were supposed to live in Skokie where they were accepted.
From ChicagoLand we went to Tucson, AZ (1971-1973), then Palo Alto, CA (1973-1989). We bought a house in Saratoga -- about 3/4 mile from what was later to become Apple HQ.
Back to the WWII and "yellow race" references. In all this time and travels, I never encountered any anti-yellow sentiment (or any real prejudice other than the afore mentioned).
What I do recall is, that in the late 1940's and early 1950's Japanese-manufactured products were cheap, crude, flimsy -- made of tin or plastic. They were a joke! However, I don't think that this was racial... It is my understanding that the Japanese (and German) manufacturing was destroyed or dismantled as a result of WWII. While they wanted to produce good products, they lacked the means to do so.
Now, this turned out to be a blessing in disguise... The Japanese ad the Germans, Russians, Italians, etc. had to rebuild their manufacturing infrastructure from scratch. It took decades, but they ended up with the most modern manufacturing capability, when compared to the US' aging facilities. Combine that with, skilled, plentiful labour and you have a manufacturing powerhouse.
South Korea went through a similar renaissance as a result of the Korean war.
One big difference with Korea, however, is that their government and business organizations were not dismantled by the "victors"... As I understand, the relationship between business and government is very close and much the same as it was prior to the war... except they now have modern manufacturing facilities/advantages. Others have developed these relationships in prior threads.
This may be an over-simplication, but I can't believe that any even-headed person of any "group" would slur or begrudge another because of his "group".
I am of the opinion that Japan and Korea, in particular, have manufacturing advantages because of tolerant governments. I firmly believe that US Americans have put themselves at a manufacturing disadvantage -- we are overtaxed, overpaid, over regulated and overgoverned...
But that is due to disinterest and stupidity... not bigotry.
I do have some memories of the Korean war:
I was quite impressed with all the different countries that spent troops and treasure to preserve South Korea's right to exist.
There was, at the time a racial slur: The "Yellow Menace" or the "Yellow Peril".... Interesting that this was directed at the Chinese Communists -- rather than the Koreans!
And, I suspect it had more to do with politics than race.
Edited by Dick Applebaum - 8/4/12 at 11:20am