“Yellow Peril” (1867-1946)

The “Yellow Peril” racist trope has found its way into more recent Canadian history, too. Forty years ago, Canadian broadcaster CTV’s W5 program aired an investigative report, “Campus Giveaway,” that claimed some 100,000 coveted university admissions were being given away to foreign students, who were identified by W5 as being mainly from China. Further investigation revealed that these were Canadian citizens or permanent residents who had been misrepresented and stereotyped as foreign students. Furthermore, inaccurate reporting had exaggerated five-fold the actual number of foreign students in the country at the time.    

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