Thursday, November 23, 2006

Yellow Peril 1990s style: John Marsden

Tomorrow, When the War Began (1993)
The Dead of Night (1994)
The Third Day, the Frost (1995)
Darkness, Be My Friend (1996)
Burning for Revenge (1997)
The Night Is for Hunting (1998)
The Other Side of Dawn (1999). Sydney: PanMacMillan.

Asians invade Australia and teens take to the bush. Some of them die. They become guerrila fighters. More of them die. They blow things up spectacularly and escape. Then several of them are sent back as operatives to help undermine the invasion. Australia is partially liberated with the Asian invaders keeping part of it.

The good stuff is that the kids learn huge numbers of practical things, and the most successful is the farm girl who already knows how to skin a sheep. The problematic stuff is the token Asian teen who is there so we can't call the books racist--which they are--and the utter absence of Aboriginals. The idea that whites are invaders themselves is rather glossed ove


Anonymous Anonymous said...

i never noticed that be fore. lol. it is soo true that he could be racist because as you said, there is an absence of aboiriginies and that asians invaded wirrawee!

i thought they were german.


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