An illustration in Harper’s Weekly, titled ‘The Yellow Peril’ (1895), comes with an exhortation: ‘Nations of Europe! Join in the defence of your faith and your homes!’
Michael Keevak
Opinion

Opinion

On Reflection by Michael Keevak

The Chinese were white – until white men called them yellow

  • Europeans referred to East Asians as white until the end of the 18th century
  • But as the Chinese and Japanese resisted cultural assimilation they darkened – both in Western eyes and their own

TOP PICKS

An illustration in Harper’s Weekly, titled ‘The Yellow Peril’ (1895), comes with an exhortation: ‘Nations of Europe! Join in the defence of your faith and your homes!’
READ FULL ARTICLE
Michael Keevak

Michael Keevak

Michael Keevak is Professor of Foreign Languages at National Taiwan University and author of ‘Becoming Yellow: A Short History of Racial Thinking’.