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.
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.
(derogatory, racially offensive, sometimes capitalized) East Asian nations or peoples, conceived as threatening.