In this installment of the "Why We Fight" propaganda series, we learn about the country of China and its people. With a brief history of the country, we also learn of why the Japanese wanted to conquer it and felt confident about succeeding. Finally, the history of the war in that theatre is illustrated and shows the stiff determination of the Chinese who use all their resources to oppose Japanese aggression to the end. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm <email@example.com>
In the year 2000, the United States Library of Congress mandated that this film (and the other six documentaries in the Why We Fight series) were "culturally significant" and selected them for preservation in the National Film Registry. See more »
But what kind of people are the Chinese? Well, in four thousand years of continuous history, China has never fought a war of aggression. They're *that* kind of people.
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This is direct text book documentary propaganda. You could base a documentary class around this.
It is Capra's World War II documentary about China's turmoil with Japan.
Obviously, we were at war with Japan, and allied with China.
Even today, it could fool some people, but most people have seen just how horrific those "marches" were.
Back to back with Russia, China is shown in the film to strategically move everything Westward, away from Japan. Back to back with Russia, they could use industry, relatively safe with their ally, against Japan, because Russia had to do the same with Germany.
The mass migration, the mass deployments, the mass use of labor, all are shown in true propaganda form as being strategic and heroic. Incredibly, these same images are used today to show immense brutality and inhumanity, as we value human life much more today.
In the forties, patriotism and Nationalism were prize feelings, for better or worse.
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