“Yellow Peril”, 2005
Archivist of the “Yellow Peril”: Yoshio Kishi Collecting for a New America opened at MOCA in 2005. The show was co-curated by MOCA founder Jack Tchen. The “Yellow Peril” moniker was derived from a 19th-century phrase that originated from the supposed threat of the Asian diaspora to Anglo-Americans. This trope was popularized through the media with fictional characters such as Fu Manchu. The show displayed various Asian American artifacts from the personal collections of film editor Yoshio Kishi and actress Yah Ling Sun. The collection examines perceived identities of Asians and Asian Americans based around unflattering stereotypes in American literature, popular media, and paper ephemera.
To combat the negative depictions, Yishi also collected ephemera based around Asian American reflections on their own identity. These materials served to juxtapose the negative depictions in the exhibition. Notably, the Basement Workshop published the art book Yellow Pearl (1976), which showcased poetry, drawings, and sheet music from a collective of Asian American artists and activists.
“‘黄祸’文物收藏家: Yoshio Kishi 为美国新人类收集历史”于2005年在美国华人博物馆开展。展览由美国华人博物馆创始人陈国维联合策展。“黄祸”这个叫法起源于十九世纪英美人对亚裔移民的到来感到威胁。“黄祸”这个概念通过诸如傅满洲这样虚构的人物，在媒体上广泛传播。这个展览展出了电影编辑Yoshio Kishi与演员Yah Ling Sun私人收藏中的各种美国亚裔文物。这些文物通过在美国文学、主流媒体、和印刷品中所描述的亚裔和美国亚裔的负面刻板印象，检视了当时亚裔和亚裔美国人的身份如何被看待。