Toon figures look white but they're Japanese
The article about the
lack of diversity in animation (NOW, October 26-November 1) stated that the characters from Nelvana's Cardcaptors are white. I can tell you without doubt those characters are not white, they're Japanese.
The main character's name is Sakura, a Japanese name, and all the characters dress in Japanese school uniforms. All the characters had Japanese names in the original version, which, as you can guess, was made in Japan.
"But they look white," you say. Well, to us, yes. But in Japan these characters' wide-eyed visages represent the Japanese. The almost nondescript nature of Japanese cartoon character designs makes it possible for just about anyone to identify with them.
Toon makers go white to stay in business
As a 10-year veteran of
the industry, I can assure you that it does not take an "average of 24 people to produce a one-hour (animation) episode." It can take an average of 120 people per half-hour episode, often in two, three or four countries. The high cost of production has currently dropped from the $300,000 per episode quoted so that studios can remain competitive, explaining why so many animation artists have been laid off in the past four years. Have you noticed the growing number of Japanese anime shows on TV? It's cheaper to import and distribute existing shows than to produce your own here at home.
I agree that shows are mostly white, but I've found most attempts to challenge that have failed. You mentioned Magic School Bus, but as far as I can see, all those kids are white, though they have different colour skin.
Have you seen the new Jackie Chan cartoon? It sports a Hong Kong girl, about 10, who acts like she's from the Bronx and speaks accentless American English.
Twisted information about Mideast conflict
I read with disgust the
four letters purporting to be well reasoned and educated opinions accusing Israel of all possible sins (NOW, October 26-November 1). James Andrews offers praise for Jewish ideals of justice, art, philosophy and science. He mournfully eulogizes this state, prophesying its demise. A little too early, Andrews.
A triumphant solution is presented by another writer, David Palter, who matter-of-factly offers that "it is simply not strategically viable for Israel to be in its present location." Any creative solutions, Palter? A plot on the moon?
Jeff Pancer sees Ariel Sharon's Temple Mount visit as the source of dangers to Jewish life "in Israel and beyond," and suggests he should be "exiled from Israel." Wake up! How do you explain suicide bombers, cemetery desecrations -- all part of life years before Sharon's visit?
Bashing Israel while crying press freedom
What's wrong with you
guys? Are you afraid to just say "We don't like Jews," or are you just a free copy of the worst of the Toronto Star, hiding behind "freedom of the press" to print anti-Semitic drivel?
Why don't you print that the Palestinian Christians are on the side of Israel? This is a war against any non-Muslim race, not just against Jews.
Liberals principled in backing UN resolution
In regard to Enzo Di
Matteo's Senior Liberals Huddle Over Row With Jews (NOW, October 26-November 1), allow me to suggest that Israeli imperialism west of the Jordan represents the "elephant sitting in the living room" of Mideast politics. Anyone who dares to call it what it is risks being labelled "anti-Jewish." Even the UN General Assembly gets chastised for passing a sensible resolution criticizing Israel.
The Chretien government showed courage in supporting that resolution. For Toronto-area Jewish constituents to interpret this as anti-Semitism is to ignore hundreds of thousands of Israeli Jews who also oppose Israel's tactics.
How can people's party back the royal family?
Nice to read a good account of the Trinity-Spadina NDP nomination night (NOW, October 26-November 1), except that the en- français questioner (myself) is not a party member, but a 34-year-old 10-year resident in that riding concerned about having to choose between a "people's-party older unilingual monarchist" (Michael Valpy) and the "red ghost of Little Italy" (Liberal Tony Ianno).
I live on College, and the only time I have seen Ianno in four years was on the 95 referendum last-hope bus to Montreal, where I was handed a sticker with a red lobster, warning, "If we say yes, we are cooked."
As for Valpy and the monarchy, I can't understand how a people's party can endorse somebody who thinks being born in the right (royal) family is enough to be a head of state, and who seems to forget that representatives of this royal highness crushed a Toronto people's revolution in 1837 and hanged some of those who protested against a handful of haves (the Family Compact) who dominated our province.
That leaves me voting for the pot party or the Green party. The latter probably understands how the best thing for national (federal?) unity may well be a high-speed train running between Toronto and Montreal in three hours, bringing people together and taking cars and pollution off the road.
Good work, SIU, now charge Julian Fantino
Finally, some good
news! The special investigations unit is finally doing its job, charging the police officers responsible for the brutal killing of Otto Vass with manslaughter.
The SIU should continue its good work by charging the police who rioted at the June 15 OCAP rally with participation in a riot and assault. These are the most numerous charges against protestors. Julian Fantino should be charged with the same offences John Clarke is said to have committed.
The true price of that $200 Tory cheque
I received my $200 Harris
tax rebate in the mail a few days ago. But it's hard to jump for joy when I know that six people including myself lost our jobs at the Ministry of the Environment's communications branch this past spring.
I believe that the downsizing and the tax rebate are related. I know that Ernie Eves said the $200 was given as a result of a provincial surplus. But I also happen to know that a directive was issued at the start of the 2000-2001 fiscal year ordering all ministries to cut expenditures by 5 per cent, just in case the surplus turned out to be less than expected.
Smack in the middle of the downsizing exercise, the tragedy in Walkerton unfolded. Five communications workers had to be parachuted from other ministries to deal with the crisis and heavyweight PR consultants like Paul Rhodes were hired to find the perfect spin.
Those of us who lost our jobs were promised our release by the end of June so we could get on with our lives. Walkerton made that impossible -- the optics would be bad. The reorganization was suspended indefinitely and the termination notices were postponed until the crisis eased. I vigorously demanded to be released early and was given my termination on July 7.
Now I hold this cheque for $200. I have thought of giving it to charity. And I have to admit, I have also thought of donating it to the Tories. Maybe a $200 donation will give me some sway with Harris insiders and they will give me a job. But that would be a bribe, right?
Former Senior Communications Adviser Ministry of the Environment
In its April 26, 2000 issue, NOW made reference to Landmark Education regarding alleged practices of Landmark. To the extent that the article can be interpreted as suggesting that practices of mind control are used by Landmark and cause psychological harm, NOW apologizes for and retracts any such suggestion. NOW apologizes to Landmark Education Corporation and its officers and directors for any harm or embarrassment caused to them.