Charlie Hetherington (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fri, 16 Feb 2001 13:57:05 -0600
No, the guys i'm talking about is not American. He's a Filipino as well.
>From: "Richie Ramos" <email@example.com>
>Subject: Re: [gundam] Next PG
>Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2001 12:24:50 +0800
> > USA!!! USA!!! USA!!! USA!!!
> > Just kidding. I'm actually one of those few American people that is
> > of the American status in the rest of the world. But, I'm
> > only...[*counts*]...one man, what can i do?
> > Out of curiosity Richie, how do Filipinos feel about that one guy who
> > America during America's Imperialism stage, but then turned around and
> > helped the Japanese during WWII? His name escapes me right now, but I've
> > been wondering for quite sometime.
> > -Charlie
>Hmmm. If you're talking about General MacArthur, then he was the consumate
>showman and military man...he actually wanted to go all the way to Japan
>(with a tens of thousands of American Soldiers and other allies) surrender,
>but, well, The Manhattan Project solved that problem. He is viewed with a
>mixed attitude, in the sense that he was an honorable man who really did
>love the Philippines as a place, but he was also a reminder of how deeply
>entrenched the American as Big Brother vision was in our culture. up to
>now, we have that in our mass culture, this dichotomy of East and West --
>which is the reason why they test run anime shows and merchandise here
>before they do in America.
>On the Other hand, you could also be talking about Marshall (first name
>escapes me at the moment), who created the Marshall Plan for rehabilitating
>Japan and the Philippines. While the Marshall Plan wwas brilliant in
>concept, in practice, it became a transmitter of American Culture, to the
>point of erasing or blurring the original cultural template for a
>people. Supposedly, the Marshall Plan was an aid and development plan to
>help smaller countries ravaged by war to get up again, in exchange for
>concessions and a few other things (like bases and political clout).
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