The Mongolian Octopus – His Grip on Australia (1886) Artist Phillip May, Published in The Bulletin on the 21st August 1886. The arms labelled: “Customs Robbery”, “Fan-Tan“, “Opium”, “Small-Pox”, “Immorality”, “Pak Ah-Pu“, “Cheap Labour” This cartoon was apparently reworked to demonstrate demonisation of ethnic groups in modern cartoons: Geoff Pryor, editorial cartoonist for the Canberra […]

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“The Yellow Peril” published in the “New Zealand Truth” on the 16th of February 1907. The arms are labelled “greed”, “licentiousness”, “opium traffic”, “brutality” and “evil habits”. The cartoon shows a Chinese octopus reaching out of a cave across water to New Zealand and entangling a Maori woman. Image Source: “The Yellow Peril” (1907) Te Papa – […]

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“What Shall We Do With Our Boys?” (1882) The following is from: The Ohio State University Cartoon Research Library1: San Francisco received many Chinese immigrants because of its geographic position and the economic opportunities California offered. The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, a proposal to outlaw most Chinese immigration was under debate at this time […]

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US Marines vs Japanese Octopus (Wise, 1944) Where pulp meets propaganda. United States Marines No. 3. (1944) published by William H Wise featuring a US Marine using a flame thrower to fight a buck-tooth Japanese octopus (Tojo)1. In a related note: The United States Marines did use flame throwers against the Japanese at the Battle of […]

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