JAPAN: Geisha v. Fourteen

"The most wanton insult to Japan since the American exclusion of Japanese immigrants. . . ."

Such seemed the consensus of informed Japanese opinion last week respecting a report unjust, issued by the New York City Anti-Vice Committee of Fourteen.

Excerpt from report: "The hostess of the night club and speakeasy is the American counterpart of the Geisha Girl. . . ."

Speakeasy hostesses, as Americanized Japanese know, are uncouth, unskilled, uneducated wenches, frequently unwashed, unshriven and ashamed of themselves.

In total contrast stands the Japanese Geisha, neat, skilled in traditional songs, graceful in age-old dances and minutely educated in a polite ritual...

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