Saturday, July 02, 2005

'Little Black Sambo' flies off shelves

from Japan Today:
In the June edition of Bungei Shunju, Zuiunsha's Tomio Inoue takes the whole "racist vs insensitive" discussion to a new level, saying that it's OK to reprint the story since "in the world today, there aren't feelings of discrimination toward black people because we see them active in many areas and having a positive impact on many people ... I think we need to have more faith in the children of Japan."

Inoue claims that Sambo was a common name in northern India meaning "excellent," and he describes Dobias' golliwog-like depictions of the supposedly Indian child as a "bold use of color."

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