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The Birth of Venus (detail), a 1486 painting by Sandro Botticelli

Yellow Peril (sometimes Yellow Terror) was a color metaphor for race that originated in the late nineteenth century with Chinese immigrants as coolie slaves or laborers to various Western countries, notably the United States. It was later associated with the Japanese during the mid-20th century, due to Japanese military expansion, and eventually extended to all Asians of East and Southeast Asian descent.

The term refers to the skin color of East Asians, the fear that the mass immigration of Asians threatened white wages and standards of living, and the fear that they would eventually take over and destroy western civilization, replacing it with their ways of life and values.

The term also refers to the irrational fear and or belief that East Asian societies would attack and wage wars with western societies and eventually lead to destruction and their complete eradication whether it be their societies, people, ways of life, history, and or cultural values.

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