When Did East Asians Become Yellow?
Date Friday, April 14
Time 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Speaker Michael Keevak (National Taiwan University)
Contact Shao Dan
Sponsor “Yellow Peril Redux: From Coolies to Concentration Camps, Trade Wars and Coronavirus” Project, funded by the Call to Action to Address Racism and Social Justice Program of UIUC
Professor Keevak will dig into the intriguing historical process by which East Asians became “yellow.” In their earliest encounters with East Asia, Europeans almost uniformly characterized the people of China and Japan as white, yet by the end of the seventeenth century the category of whiteness was reserved for Europeans only. When did Asians become "yellow" in the Western imagination?