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China - The Jewish Myths of Asia - Anti-Semitism?

Published on: February 22, 2009 08:58 AM
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Song Hongbing Author of the book The Currency WarSong Hongbing Author of the book The Currency War

China - A Chinese bestseller titled The Currency War describes how Jews are planning to rule the world by manipulating the international financial system. The book is reportedly read in the highest government circles. If so, this does not bode well for the international financial system, which relies on well-informed Chinese to help it recover from the current crisis.

Such conspiracy theories are not rare in Asia. Japanese readers have shown a healthy appetite over the years for books such as To Watch Jews is to See the World Clearly, The Next Ten Years: How to Get an Inside View of the Jewish Protocols, and I’d Like to Apologize to the Japanese: A Jewish Elder’s Confession (written by a Japanese author, of course, under the name of Mordecai Mose). All these books are variations of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the Russian forgery first published in 1903, which the Japanese came across after defeating the czar’s army in 1905.

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The book’s author, Song Hongbing, claims that behind world-changing events like the battle of Waterloo, Adolf Hitler’s rise to power, President Kennedy’s assassination, and the deep recession in Asia during the 1990s stood an intricate conspiracy aimed at increasing Jews’ wealth and influence.
Song, a Chinese computer engineer and history buff who resides in the United States, writes that almost every defining historical moment has been instigated by Jewish bankers, and mainly the Rothschild family, which Song says dominates the global banking system, including the US Federal Reserve System.

Song’s book was published in China about a year and-a-half ago, and initially sold an insignificant number of copies. But in recent months the global crisis has turned the book into a hit. Estimates put sales of “Currency War” well over a million, not including hundreds of thousands of illegal copies that can also be downloaded off the net.

The Chinese picked up many modern Western ideas from the Japanese. Perhaps that is how Jewish conspiracy theories were passed on as well. But Southeast Asians are not immune to this kind of nonsense, either. Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir bin Mohamad has said that “the Jews rule the world by proxy. They get others to fight and die for them.” And a recent article in a leading Philippine business magazine explained how Jews had always controlled the countries they lived in, including the United States today.

In the case of Mr. Mahathir, a twisted kind of Muslim solidarity is probably at work. But unlike European or Russian anti-Semitism, the Asian variety has no religious roots. No Chinese or Japanese has blamed Jews for killing their holy men or believed that their children’s blood ended up in Passover matzo. In fact, few Chinese, Japanese, Malaysians or Filipinos have ever seen a Jew, unless they have spent time abroad.

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So what explains the remarkable appeal of Jewish conspiracy theories in Asia? The answer must be partly political. Conspiracy theories thrive in relatively closed societies, where free access to news is limited and freedom of inquiry curtailed. Japan is no longer such a closed society; yet, even people with a short history of democracy are prone to believe they are victims of unseen forces. Precisely because Jews are relatively unknown, therefore mysterious, and in some way associated with the West, they become an obvious fixture of anti-Western paranoia.

Such paranoia is widespread in Asia, where almost every country was at the mercy of Western powers for several hundred years. Japan was never formally colonized, but it, too, felt the West’s dominance, at least since the 1850s, when American ships laden with heavy guns forced the country to open its borders on Western terms.

The common conflation of the U.S. with Jews goes back to the late 19th century, when European reactionaries loathed America for being a rootless society based only on financial greed. This perfectly matched the stereotype of the “rootless cosmopolitan” Jewish moneygrubber. Hence the idea that Jews run America.

One of the great ironies of colonial history is the way in which colonized people adopted some of the very prejudices that justified colonial rule. Anti-Semitism arrived with a whole package of European race theories that have persisted in Asia well after they fell out of fashion in the West.

In some ways, Chinese minorities in Southeast Asia have shared some of the hostility suffered by Jews in the West. Excluded from many occupations, they, too, survived by clannishness and trade. They, too, have been persecuted for not being “sons of the soil.” And they, too, are thought to have superhuman powers when it comes to making money. So when things go wrong, the Chinese are blamed, not just for being greedy capitalists, but also, like the Jews, for being Communists, since both capitalism and communism are associated with rootlessness and cosmopolitanism.

As well as being feared, the Chinese are admired for being cleverer than everybody else. The same mixture of fear and awe is often evident in people’s views of the U.S., and, indeed, of the Jews. Japanese anti-Semitism is a particularly interesting case.

Japan was able to defeat Russia in 1905 only after a Jewish banker in New York, Jacob Schiff, helped Japan by floating bonds. So The Protocols of the Elders of Zion confirmed what the Japanese already suspected: Jews really did pull the strings of global finance. But instead of wishing to attack them, the Japanese, being a practical people, decided they would be better off cultivating those clever, powerful Jews as friends.

As a result, during the Second World War, even as the Germans were asking their Japanese allies to round up Jews and hand them over, dinners were held in Japanese-occupied Manchuria to celebrate Japanese-Jewish friendship. Jewish refugees in Shanghai, though never comfortable, at least remained alive under Japanese protection. This was good for the Jews of Shanghai. But the very ideas that helped them to survive continue to muddle the thinking of people who really ought to know better by now. Ian Buruma is a Professor of human rights at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. His latest book is The China Lover.



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 Feb 22, 2009 at 08:11 AM Rachel Says:

Only G-d can protect us ..... Purim is fast approaching. If we beseech Him in earnest prayer as did Mordechai and the Jews of Persia in those days, any and all conspiracies, hatred and mindless bigotry will come to naught and not hurt us an iota. Our fate is in our own hands.

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 Feb 22, 2009 at 08:30 AM Anonymous Says:

Screw the whole dumb china! They r tring to take over the world! Screw them!

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 Feb 22, 2009 at 08:43 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Screw the whole dumb china! They r tring to take over the world! Screw them!


Maybe if you watch your language the geulah has a quicker chance at comming to Klall yisroel. By the way this idea is on before 1803 it is always an excuse for progroms and more. The Priest used to incite their parishoners every single week at their sermons. In middle of the week they would create myths and false stories accusing their jewish neighbors of all kind of vile accusations. At the end most of them would be found out and it depends which mayor or ruler of the town was at hand. Yes we are in golus anti semetisim is always here . The ideas of how to blame the jewish people just differ from time to time. May Hashem have pity on us and end this golus today. Amen

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 Feb 22, 2009 at 09:00 AM Rachel is right Says:

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Rachel Says:

Only G-d can protect us ..... Purim is fast approaching. If we beseech Him in earnest prayer as did Mordechai and the Jews of Persia in those days, any and all conspiracies, hatred and mindless bigotry will come to naught and not hurt us an iota. Our fate is in our own hands.

Rachel,

You are 100% correct. Jews are facing greater and greater dangers across the world. Hashem is showing us that we have no one to depend upon except Him.

We need to intensify our prayers and work on our Bitachon in Hashem. Bitachon in anything else is a delusion and disaster for the Jewish people.

May Hashem yisborach have rachmonus on all of us and bring a geula shlaima bimhaira.

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 Feb 22, 2009 at 09:15 AM Anonymous Says:

The last person to tlak about controlling the worlds financial is a person of china, they already took over the vast part of production in the world, and they aren't finish yet..

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 Feb 22, 2009 at 09:34 AM abi gezunt Says:

for along time we were told that perhaps china would b a safe heaven for jews in time of dispair hence we never heard of any antisemithism there. that was partily correct as long they were a close society and never saw a jew but now as they became aan international player the too caught the hate virus . wich brings me one step closer to rely only on hashem.

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 Feb 22, 2009 at 10:28 AM Anonymous Says:

What do people expect? After everything that's been going on. And add to that Madoff etc. etc. and who runs the Federal Reserve (Greenspan/Bernanke) and the Hollywood companies, Rothschilds, Communism, Trotsky, Kaminev, Zinoviev, Beria, etc. IF frum Jews were to stand up led by their rabbis and tell the world today that we are against all such manipulations and wars, the picture would be entirely different. It is known that the Rothschilds funded both the French AND British in the war that led to Waterloo. In any case, WHERE ARE the rabbonim? Why are we in a generation of "pnai hador ke-pnai hakelev"??

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 Feb 22, 2009 at 10:12 AM lawyer Says:

These asian mostly muslim populations, are haters. They hate everybody,its cultures of hate. Jews are only one of them.

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 Feb 22, 2009 at 10:43 AM ChairMan Says:

That’s it! No more Chinese food for me! It’s not really heimish.

Manufacturing jobs have been lost worldwide to the “cheaper” slavery sweatshops
in totalitarian China and this paranoid “history buff” has the nerve to libel the Jews.

Maybe he should check into the not so rosy history of oppression in his own country!

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 Feb 22, 2009 at 11:33 AM Avrohom Abba Says:

Terrorists don't have to just blow people up and decapitate them. They can also pay people to write books. They simply search for those who are already inclined to hate us, and they use those people to become a loud public presence. then it looks like those people are speaking and not the Saudi hate money.

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 Feb 22, 2009 at 12:54 PM Anonymous Says:

The article only slightly touches on this, but Japanese/Chinese eastern anti-semitism is positive anti-semitism. They believe we rule the world, so, unlike Europe which seeks to destroy us for it, they want to support us. When the economy is bad, they still blame the Jews, but they do so by saying how they must be nicer to us so things can get better. If you go to Japan, people will be extra nice to you, so you can report back to the Jewish rulership in the USA that Japan is a good place so the US will continue having a good relationship.

It won't really result in hate necessarily, but it is still racism.

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 Feb 22, 2009 at 02:55 PM gao Says:

as born in China I feel little to zero anti-semitism in general. People can only hate somebody that are in close interplay with them, right? Europeans have anti-semitism but it is hard for them to hate the Japanese, while it is the other way round in China. As for the book I think the major interest is on finanical manipulation, not whom the book claims to be the manipulators.

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 Feb 22, 2009 at 04:31 PM A. Says:

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ChairMan Says:

That’s it! No more Chinese food for me! It’s not really heimish.

Manufacturing jobs have been lost worldwide to the “cheaper” slavery sweatshops
in totalitarian China and this paranoid “history buff” has the nerve to libel the Jews.

Maybe he should check into the not so rosy history of oppression in his own country!

Lol. I hate to break this to you, but....you won't hurt the Chinese by not eating Chinese food, not to mention that Kosher Chinese food profits Jews, not the Chinese. And this article is about the Japanese anyway.

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 Mar 03, 2017 at 05:12 AM HSUAN Says:

hello from taiwan. hate to be honest, but i dont have a good impression of jews

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