Definitions for yellow peril

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

yel′low per′il(n.)

  1. (sometimes caps.) the alleged threat posed to Western societies by the expansion of the numerically superior Asian peoples.

    Category: Status (usage)

Origin of yellow peril:

1895–1900

Princeton's WordNet

  1. yellow peril(noun)

    the threat to Western civilization said to arise from the power of Asiatic peoples

Wiktionary

  1. yellow peril(Noun)

    The alleged threat to Western nations by East Asians, especially Chinese or Japanese people, due to their vast population, non-Western cultures, or supposed antagonism to the West.

  2. yellow peril(Noun)

    East Asian nations or peoples, conceived as threatening.

Freebase

  1. Yellow Peril

    Yellow Peril was a color metaphor for race that originated in the late nineteenth century with Chinese immigrants as coolie slaves or laborers to various Western countries, notably the United States, and later associated with the Japanese during the mid-20th century, due to Japanese military expansion and eventually all asians of East and Southeast Asian descent. The term refers to the skin color of East Asians, and the fear that the mass immigration of Asians threatened white wages and standards of living and that they would eventually take over and destroy western civilization, their ways of life and values. The term has also referred to the belief and fear that East Asian societies would invade and attack Western societies, wage wars with and lead to their eventual destruction and eradication.

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