I chose to research caricatures and imagery of mostly discrimination against the Chinese that occurred during the 1870s and 1880s. It was astonishing to discover how some of these depictions of discrimination were publicized and even made a norm during this time. The images are a variety of postcards, tradecards, caricatures in magazines, and advertisements. The background information provides what was occurring in the political, economic, and social aspect during this time. The four main groups that are categorized to illustrate these findings are grouped into the arrival of the Chinese immigrant, major publicized forms of discrimination, the work-life of a Chinese man, and how the rest of society dealt with the enormous amount of Chinese immigrants.
All images used have been retrieved from MSU Museum’s Online Gallery. By clicking on each individual picture, you will be taken to the source information that includes the publisher, year published (if known), creator, and so on.