The Manchukuo Enamel Star and Flag

I have shown three different badges with the 5-colored enamel star of Manchukuo. There are more badges of this type, but it is worth a post to remind (or inform) everyone about why those colors were chosen. They are the 5 colors used on the Manchukuo flag (1932-45). Here it is:

Yellow is the main color, dominating the field. This represents the Manchu people. Red represents the Japanese, blue the Han Chinese, white the Mongols, and black the Koreans. Read more about it in the Wikipedia article HERE.

In the enamel star each color occupies the same amount of space, but perhaps the order is significant. Yellow is at the top as it should be for a Manchukuo badge. The two on the sides are Japanese and Korean, and the two bottom ones are the Mongols and the Han. Does this represent a Manchukuo world order? Or was this arrangement merely aesthetically pleasing?

Published in: on December 17, 2009 at 7:48 pm  Leave a Comment  
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