In 1879, the founder of the daily newspaper of the town I live in called my people “Half-human, half-devil, rat-eating, rag-wearing, law-ignoring, Christian civilization-hating, opium-smoking, labor-degrading, entrail-sucking Celestials.”
I never smoke opium, and I try not to wear rags.
The article I pulled this quote from is essential reading if you live in Santa Cruz, California. If you don’t, you might still find it interesting: it’s not actually about Chinese people at all, but about colonization and native resistance. This being the first post on this blog, it seems like a good place to acknowledge that I’m writing from unceded Awaswas Ohlone territory.