Yellow Peril Resurrected by Atlantic Monthly

May 12, 2005

The photoshopped(?) picture of a white-eyed Chinese sailor with a menacing glare, a la Dr. Fu Manchu, is quite startling. It jumps out at you and lodges in your mind like an embedded Borg virus. Resistance is futile! The choice of this picture, no doubt, must be intentional because it works.

Full disclosure: I have not read either articles, but judging from the language of the headlines and the photo and the short excerpts online, going postal seems like an acceptable consequence as a reaction.

And the headlines for the two feature pieces complement the photograph quite nicely, I must say. Go have a look for yourself.


Melissa Hung

Founding Editor

Melissa Hung is the founding editor of Hyphen. She was the editor in chief for the magazine's first five years and went on to serve in many other leadership roles on the staff and board for more than a decade. She is a writer and freelance journalist. Her essays and reported stories have appeared in NPR, Vogue, Pacific Standard, Longreads, and Catapult, among others. She grew up in Texas, the eldest child of immigrants. Find her on Twitter and Instagram.



The lack of progress and evolution in this country is exasperating.