Fu Manchu

Fear of 'Yellow Peril' lives on

A group of Hong Kongers published a newspaper ad insulting mainland Chinese as 'locusts'. Photo: AFP

Today, 131 years ago, the US Senate passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, the first federal law directly aimed at rejecting entry of an ethnic group, and one of many aimed at the same prejudicial treatment of other Asian ethnic groups. By today's standards, there is no doubt it is racist.

Monday, 6 May, 2013, 2:55am 3 comments

Is political correctness in the eye of the beholder?

General Motors Chairman and CEO Akerson. Photo: Reuters

It's tough for big corporations to launch advertising campaigns these days. If they are too tame, no one pays attention. Too edgy, and someone is bound to be offended. Companies run for cover at a whiff of controversy. So General Motors executives who approved politically incorrect lyrics in a worldwide marketing campaign for the carmaker's new Chevrolet Trax SUV had to pull it from distribution.

5 May 2013 - 2:51am

Who said it?

Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina Wajed

Keep mills and factories operative, otherwise you will end up losing your jobs

Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina Wajed's advice to workers after the deadly factory collapse


It's all about dividing people up according to salacious ideas about race that underlie the feeling of Western superiority

3 May 2013 - 3:43am

The racist curse of Fu Manchu back in spotlight after Chevrolet ad

Illustration: Henry Wong

His words drip with malice and evil genius; his moustache droops low and his eyebrows arch high. But while there seems little place for Dr Fu Manchu in a modern multicultural world, variations on the character have proved remarkably resilient, says Dr Jenny Clegg, a British Sinologist who has studied the stereotype.

3 May 2013 - 6:10pm 7 comments