How to Tell Japs from Chinese

Files

AP2.L547.1941.12.22.p81.jpg

Title

How to Tell Japs from Chinese

Subject

Japanese Americans--History--20th century.

Description

This article appearing in the December 22, 1941 issue of Life magazine was written in response to violence against Chinese Americans based on their mistaken identity as people of Japanese descent. This reflects both the acceptance of anger against Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor (there is, after all, no attempt to dissuade people from attacking people of Japanese ancestry) and the historical conflation of people of East Asian descent. The visuals portray men of Chinese descent as having "delicate" and "long-boned" faces, whereas men of Japanese descent have a "more massively boned head" and a "heavier beard."

Source

Life, December 22, 1941, Page 81

Publisher

Chicago, Ill.: Time, Inc.

Date

1941-12-22

Rights

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Format

Original object was scanned as a 24 bit color 300 dpi TIFF on a Zeutschel OS 14000 A0-LS scanner. Using Adobe Photoshop CS2 the image was converted into a 150 dpi JPEG.

Language

English

Type

Text

Identifier

AP2.L547.1941.12.22.p81

Citation

“How to Tell Japs from Chinese,” Digital Exhibits, accessed October 20, 2021, http://digitalexhibits.wsulibs.wsu.edu/items/show/4416.