In July, I watched a plane crash unfold in real time on Twitter. The first updates flowed in within seconds as people at San Francisco International Airport posted images of what appeared to be a plane on fire on the runway after a bad landing, and rumours spread like wildfire. The mass media struggled to […]
When you have two major yellow peril movies released in a year, it’s safe to say you have a significant problem. Variations on the yellow peril trope have always been swirling through US society, but it seems like they are about to be whipped up again, playing on fears about the economy, North Korea, and […]
That this country has a significant problem with anti-Asian racism is a well-established fact, and the fact that many people don’t fully understand the scope of this problem is rather significant. Even more so is the fact that there’s a very special subset of anti-Asian racism that really needs to be dealt with as its […]
1877’s anti-Chinese riot in San Francisco’s Chinatown was a dark period in the city’s history, and it was far from the only incident of anti-Chinese violence in the nascent state, falling into a larger framework of anti-Asian racism.