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yellow peril

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

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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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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