Yellow Peril Campaign (Great Events from History: North American Series)
Article abstract: Anti-Japanese fears have domestic consequences for Japanese American immigrants.
Summary of Event
In 1890, there were only some two thousand Japanese living in America, working mainly as laborers and farmhands in California and the Pacific Northwest. Nevertheless, the use of Japanese to break a labor strike in the coal mines in British Columbia began what was to become a widespread anti-Japanese campaign.
Typical of the political rhetoric that was to become prevalent was a campaign slogan during a political campaign in 1887. A Dr. O’Donnell of San Francisco included the slogan “Japs must go” in his campaign. Although the slogan had little effect on his failed political campaign, it was a sign of things to come.
In 1889, the editor of the San Francisco Bulletin began a series of editorials attacking Japanese immigrants and making a case that they were dangerous to white American workers and to American culture. On May 4, 1892, he wrote, “It is now some three years ago that the Bulletin first called attention to the influx of Japanese into this state, and stated that in time their immigration threatened to rival that of the Chinese, with dire disaster to laboring interests in California.” The San Francisco Bulletin’s Yellow Peril campaign helped strengthen the growing anti-Japanese fervor in California. The campaign was not only against...
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