Monday, April 16, 2007

Pigs & Anti-Chinese Racism in 1880 San Francisco

My colleague Eileen shared this image with me from the San Francisco Wasp, a satirical paper founded by Czech immigrant Francis Korbel in 1876. (Yes, this is the same guy behind Korbel champagne, oddly enough). Many of the Wasp's cartoons supported nativism and anti-Chinese racism, including "Devastation" from volume 5, August-December 1880 (above), which depicts Chinese immigrants as pigs with Denis Kearney, leader of the Workingmen's Party, illustrated as an ineffectual scarecrow. To learn more about the Wasp, check out Richard Samuel West's The San Francisco Wasp: An Illustrated History, published by Periodyssey Press. Another version of "Devastation" with a lot more wear and tear can be found on the Library of Congress "American Memory" site here as part of their "The Chinese in California, 1850-1925" exhibit.

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