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Becoming yellow : a short history of racial thinking
AuthorKeevak, Michael, 1962-
Pub. LocationPrinceton, NJPublisherPrinceton University Press
Date2011Phys. Desc.pdf. [ ix, 219 p. : color ill.]
LocationDigital ArchivesCall NumberHT1523.K44 2011d
Becoming yellow : a short history of racial thinking / Michael Keevak.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-210) and index.

Introduction: No longer white: the nineteenth-century invention of yellowness -- 1. Before they were yellow: East Asians in early travel and missionary reports -- 2. Taxonomies of yellow: Linnaeus, Blumenbach, and the making of a "Mongolian" race in the eighteenth century -- 3. Nineteenth-century anthropology and the measurement of "Mongolian" skin color -- 4. East Asian bodies in nineteenth-century medicine: the Mongolian eye, the Mongolian spot, and "Mongolism" -- 5. Yellow peril: the threat of a "Mongolian" Far East, 1895--1920.

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 of yellowness and shows that this label originated in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century scientific discourses on race.

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Subject(s)Racism--Western countries--History--18th century
Racism--Western countries--History--19th century
Race awareness--Western countries--History--18th century
Race awareness--Western countries--History--19th century
East Asians--Race identity
National characteristics, East Asian
Rec. TypeDigital Book (PDF)LanguageEnglish
CollectionRicci Institute LibraryRec. #19666
ISBN9780691140315 ; 0691140316LCCN2010046654OCLC679940690