Becoming Yellow: A Short History of Racial Thinking

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In their earliest encounters with Asia, Europeans almost uniformly characterized the people of China and Japan as white. This was a means of describing their wealth and sophistication, their willingness to trade with the West, and their presumed capacity to become Christianized. But by the end of the seventeenth century the category of whiteness was reserved for Europeans only. When and how did Asians become "yellow" in the Western imagination? Looking at the history of racial thinking, Becoming Yellow explores the notion ...

Becoming Yellow: A Short History of Racial Thinking 2011, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ

ISBN-13: 9780691140315

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