- (in historical contexts) the alleged danger that predominantly white Western civilizations and populations could be overwhelmed by Asian peoples.
- the Asian peoples regarded as presenting such a danger.
Origin of yellow peril
First recorded in 1895–1900
Also called yellow terror.
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- the power or alleged power of Asiatic peoples, esp the Chinese, to threaten or destroy the supremacy of White or Western civilization
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