“The Unparalled Invasion,” Jack London, 1910

The Unparalled Invasion,” Jack London, 1910 – Alternate world in which China is modernized by Japan, becomes a world threat, and is destroyed by Western powers through biological warfare.

Comments: Read in The WondermakersA story that has been criticized for its racism.  Of the story, Wikipedia notes: “‘The Unparalleled Invasion’ has been controversial for its depiction of genocide and is often cited as evidence of London’s racism. The genocide is described in considerable detail and nowhere is there mentioned any objection to it. The terms ‘yellow life’ and ‘yellow populace’ appear in the story. It ends with the ‘sanitation of China’ and its re-settlement by Westerners.” For a more thorough discussion of London’s treatment of race, see the full Wikipedia article. The issue is more complicated than it appears at first glance. For example, London’s foster-mother was African-American, and “[m]any of London’s short stories are notable for their empathetic portrayal of Mexican (“The Mexican”), Asian (“The Chinago”), and Hawaiian (“Koolau the Leper”) characters. London’s war correspondence from the Russo-Japanese War, as well as his unfinished novel Cherry, show he admired much about Japanese customs and capabilities.”

Author: Wikipedia: “John Griffith “Jack” London (born John Griffith Chaney, January 12, 1876 – November 22, 1916) was an American author, journalist, and social activist…London was a passionate advocate of unionization, socialism, and the rights of workers and wrote several powerful works dealing with these topics such as his dystopian novel, The Iron Heel and his non-fiction exposé, The People of the Abyss.”


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