On the (Space) Road Again
Gundam Ep. 4: Escape from Luna II? But we just got here!
On this episode: space-refugees, soldiers as police, cultural changes in the Japanese post-war period, the "granddaddy" of anime, and anime history and aesthetics.
To learn more about Japan's response to the Indochina Refugee Crisis, check out these articles:
Havens, Thomas R.H. “Japan's Response to the Indochinese Refugee Crisis.” Southeast Asian Journal of Social Science, vol. 18, no. 1, 1990, pp. 166–181. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/24491760.
Wain, Barry. "The Indochina Refugee Crisis." Foreign Affairs, Council on Foreign Relations, Fall 1979. Web. 21 Sept. 2018. https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/cambodia/1979-09-01/indochina-refugee-crisis
I'm not posting links to photos of soldiers and civilians from the Vietnam War years, because there are hundreds and it's depressing, but a Google image search will quickly show you what we mean if you're unfamiliar with photography of the period.
In the US, when we learn about Japanese history it is usually in the context of WWII. For a great overview of Japan in the post-war period, check out this book:
Hane, Mikiso. Eastern Phoenix: Japan since 1945. Westview Press, 1998.
Wikipedia has an extensive overview of anime (with a great bibliography of further reading!). I also enjoyed the two books below. The first, on the history of Might Atom/Astroboy, is written by Frederick L. Schodt who also translated the Gundam novels Tomino wrote between first Gundam and the compilation movies. The second provides some analysis of anime aesthetics and philosophy which I didn't always agree with but did find interesting.
Schodt, Frederik L. The Astro Boy Essays: Osamu Tezuka, Mighty Atom, and the Manga/Anime Revolution. Calif., 2007.
Brophy, Philip. 100 Anime. BFI Publishing, 2006.
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