Fu Manchu Survives: An Archive of Anti-Asian Fear

John Kuo Wei Tchen, professor at New York University, co-founder of the Museum of Chinese in America, author of New York Before Chinatown, and co-author of Yellow Peril!: An Archive of Anti-Asian Fear (Verso, 2014) with Dylan Yeats, looks at the portrayal of Asians in Western pop culture.

“The Great Fear of the Period—That Uncle Sam May be Swallowed by Foreigners. The Problem Solved” (San Francisco: White & Bauer Lithographers, late 1860s). Courtesy of the Library of Congress.
“The Great Fear of the Period—That Uncle Sam May be Swallowed by Foreigners. The Problem Solved” (San Francisco: White & Bauer Lithographers, late 1860s). Courtesy of the Library of Congress.
“The Jolly Giant’s Artist Agrees with Darwin.” Thistleton’s Jolly Giant, The Critic, vol. 2, no. 19 (Feburary 21, 1874) cover. Courtesy of the Wong Ching Foo Collection.
“The Jolly Giant’s Artist Agrees with Darwin.” Thistleton’s Jolly Giant, The Critic, vol. 2, no. 19 (Feburary 21, 1874) cover. Courtesy of the Wong Ching Foo Collection.
“Rough on Rats,” trade card (c. 1880s). Photo by Phillip Chen. Courtesy of the Lenore-Metrick Chen Collection.
“Rough on Rats,” trade card (c. 1880s). Photo by Phillip Chen. Courtesy of the Lenore-Metrick Chen Collection.
M. P. Shiel, The Yellow Danger (London: Grant Richards, 1898). Fales British Collection. Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University.
M. P. Shiel, The Yellow Danger (London: Grant Richards, 1898). Fales British Collection. Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University.
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