Prejudice & Politics is a series of stories that personifies countries to explain, explore, and laugh at politics. While P&P doesn’t write history, it takes existing historical narratives and tells them in interesting and often satirical ways. Primarily focused on East Asia, these stories will break down the complexity of international relations and poke fun at the absurdities in how countries view themselves and treat each other.
Basically, these are stories about terrible people being terrible.
Here’s a small taste:
But my body and my brain were at odds. Like magnets, France and I were pulled back together. Our hands ravaged each other’s bodies–him, kneading me like bread dough, me, feeling him up like I was five minutes late to work and desperately digging for a pair of socks at the bottom of the drawer.
(America in 5 Times America Was in Love)
Russia let out a roar before leaping up and flipping the entire table over, dishes and food crashing onto the floor. Austria started shrieking, though one could not be sure if it was in celebration or in panic. Prussia scrambled around on the floor, grabbing at the bottles of booze that hadn’t yet broken and stuffing them into her arms like she was cradling a clinging child.
This America-sized hole in my heart can only be filled by the loving embrace of another powerful country. Well endowed, with big thighs and tight biceps.
I’m talking about Russia.
(Japan in A Guide to Loneliness)
“Done?” Norway laughed. “What? You’re going to walk off stage? I’ll pick up your guitar and play it. I’ll play two guitars at once. I’ll play five guitars.” He tried to demonstrate this by grabbing several spare guitars from the rack, but he obviously could not juggle that many instruments at once and they ended up crashing to the floor. “Shit, shit–”
“I’m not participating as a judge,” Vietnam said, characteristically terse. “But if I were, I would make sure to reiterate Philippines’ claim that you’re a territorial, chauvinistic bastard.”
“I apologize. That was harsh. What I mean to say is that all we want is a fair and objective ruling.”
(China and Vietnam’s exchange in The Most Hated Man in Asia)