I swallowed H.S. Tsien's deportation and Cold War paranoia and Joe McCarthy and the yellow peril and the coming war with China.
I held my nose and I ate Jack London and the yellow peril and the coming war with China.
A supposed threat to the United States posed by Japan and China. The phrase arose in the late nineteenth century, at a time when Japanese and Chinese immigration to America was meeting resistance and when Japan was growing as a military power. (See internment of Japanese Americans.)