yellow peril

yellow peril

noun Offensive.
1.
the alleged danger that Western civilizations and populations could be overwhelmed by numerically superior Asian peoples.
2.
the Asian peoples regarded as presenting such a danger.

Origin:
1895–1900

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yellow peril
 
n
the power or alleged power of Asiatic peoples, esp the Chinese, to threaten or destroy the supremacy of White or Western civilization

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Yellow Peril definition


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.)

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