The Borgified Corpse wrote:
For that matter, it's still very unclear from the OP just why that writer has been receiving death threats. I gather it has something to do with one of his characters bearing some resemblance to a real person in the Japanese military but it's all very unclear.
Asia is a very interesting complicated mess, they have a rich history, a great entertainment industry with movies coming from Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing and HongKong and they have some interesting books and comics. Politically and historically Asia is a mess like the US and the rest of the world. In the past they were always fighting with each other, so you have the historical shadow of tribalism, bitterness and racism in some of their cultures. In Asian politics you get all the crazies on levels of Pat Robertson, Al Sharpton, Michael Moore, Joe Barton, Dave Hagstrom....you name the person Asia probably has the same nutbag if not worse. I get the feeling a lot of stuff was suppressed in Asian nations during the Coldwar, but now with the internet today a lot of people from Vietnam, Taiwan, S.Korea, Japan and even mainland China to an extent they can all speak their minds. Anything involving WW2 icons is a very hot topic for the Koreans, they felt hard done after WW2 as they were an American ally but won few benefits after fighting the war and Japan didn't really have Nuremberg trails and make friends with its neighbors like the Germans done. Japan was said to have kidnapped thousands of women and taken them as sex slaves for its soldiers during world war II. On the other side some Koreans are known to be a bit nationalistic and extreme with their opinions