The story behind the plethora of Chinese laundries in the United States is a dark one, and a reminder that social phenomena often have sinister origins.
June, 1982. Days away from his wedding, Vincent Chin is out celebrating with his friends in Detroit, Michigan. The nation is in the midst of an economic contracture, and it’s hitting Detroit particularly hard, creating a tense environment made even more tense by swirling rumours and commentary about the auto manufacturing industry. An altercation starts […]
In the middle of the 19th century, European and North American newspapers began playing heavily on the theme of the ‘yellow terror,’ the supposed hordes from Asia that were preparing to descend upon ‘civilised society’ and destroy it at any minute. They used cartoonish illustrations and tales intended to evoke deep fear to create alienation, […]