Definitions for "Yellow Peril"
This is the ultimate of prejudice expressed in the United States following the great California gold rush of 1849. Chinese workers were brought in as indentured servants to do work the miners didn't want to waste their time on and to form the work force for the first railroad across America. Once the railroad was completed (1869) the masses of Chinese represented a peril to the American worker. Hatred and prejudice erupted in what was known as the Yellow Peril. This prejudice led to the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 out of fear that the West Coast of America was endangered of becoming Sinitic.
The term used to describe the presence of Chinese in America, who, in theory, under economically difficult times, took jobs away from Whites.
the threat to Western civilization said to arise from the power of Asiatic peoples