Fearing yellow, imagining white: media analysis of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882

  title={Fearing yellow, imagining white: media analysis of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882},
  author={Sang Hea Kil},
  journal={Social Identities},
  pages={663 - 677}
The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 was a watershed event in the context of race, nation, and the law because it denied Chinese immigration into the USA for over 80 years. This paper analyses the media coverage of the Chinese in the San Francisco Chronicle during the year of the Act's passage. The theoretical framework of ‘Purity and Danger’ provides a starting point in analyzing how whiteness and nation are constructed as ‘pure’, while Chinese immigration is constructed as a ‘danger’ within a… Expand
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