yellow perilyellow peril
the threat to Western civilization presented by Asian peoples, esp. those of China or Japan: concept widely believed during the late 19th and early 20th cent. in North America, Europe, and Australia: offensive except in historical contexts
Origin of yellow perilin allusion to the stereotyped perception of these peoples as being characterized by a yellowish skin coloration
or Yellow Peril
The supposed danger posed to Western interests by the increasing population of Asian peoples, especially as depicted in print media in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
- (derogatory, racially offensive, sometimes capitalized) The alleged threat to Western nations by East Asians, especially Chinese or Japanese people, due to their vast population, non-Western cultures, or supposed antagonism to the West.
- (derogatory, racially offensive, sometimes capitalized) East Asian nations or peoples, conceived as threatening.