Chenillette Lorraine by Culver B.

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MacArthur was proud of his record there, especially in Occupied Japan, which had been under his direction. He pointed out, as he often did, the great progress made by the Japanese people in adopting democracy and asserted that democracy in Japan was likely to be permanent.

65 Hume and Annarino declared that Baby-san was a new postwar type of Japanese woman, not at all like the ones American servicemen expected— namely, the “‘Madame Butterfly’ type” with “an elaborate hairdo . . 67 Her face is oval. Her cheekbones are high. Her nose is pug. Her mouth is pouty. Her lips are a blazing scarlet, playing up what she judges from American movies to be the fashionable standard. Her hair is long and dark and slung into a peek-a-boo hair-do. Compared to American girls, she is short.

S. air raids that undoubtedly turned many of these children into orphans. Images of happy children with conquering soldiers are important after any hostilities. 55 As citizens of the conquering forces, Americans liked seeing the kindness and mercy of their soldiers. Highlighting their humanity after an armed conflict suggested that America’s soldiers, and by extension their nation, were reluctant killers—kind rather than heartless and unforgiving. 56 A few months later, images of smiling Japanese children posing with GIs were also reassuring because the children’s friendliness and openness meant that they saw the “good” within American soldiers, and thus the “good” in America even after Americans had rained mass death upon Japan.

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