Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Anti-American Art: Uncle Sam Comes to a Bad End
"US Forces, Get Out of South Korea!" shouts this Chinese poster ca. early 1960s. Priceless here is the red-nosed caricature of Uncle Sam strung up from a pole. Poor poor Uncle Sam. This poster is probably referencing the April 1960 Revolution in South Korea, which overthrew the corrupt pro-US president Syngman Rhee; briefly establishing a democracy before the pro-US military overthrew the republic the following year. The North Koreans were quick to suggest that that uprising in South Korea was a call for reunification under communist rule; not at all actually clear. This is another one from Chineseposters.net.