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Stereotypes of Asians: Essays & Images
The history of stereotyping of Asians in American popular culture is lengthy and complicated. The first group to receive significant stereotyping were the Chinese, who came in large numbers to work on the country's railroads. By the early 20th Century the Fu Manchu caricature was a fixture in mass culture. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor initiated a period of intense stereotyping of America's Pacific enemy. After WWII, it was the North Koreans who were the subject of extreme caricaturing, especially in comic books. Many of these stereotypes linger today. Essays on these topics are planned for the future.
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