Thursday, 16 June 2011

The Yellow Viper (1)

The Chinese Diaspora, numbering an estimated 40 million, and scattered across several countries are very much alive and thriving. Invariably, the early migrants did not have it easy. In every foreign soil they set foot on, they were subjected to discrimination, prejudice and hate mongering. Although slavery was abolished, Americans in the late 1900s were no different. The anger against the Chinese immigrants for the most part stemmed from the Chinese' willingness to work for lower pay, which had deprived the white immigrant labour as well as local labour of work.

The Wasp (a weekly illustrated Californian magazine), was especially rabid in its portrayal of Chinese immigrant labour in the latter half of the 19th century.

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