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The Yellow Peril: Dr Fu Manchu & the Rise of Chinaphobia

Friday 27 March 2015

1 Hour


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Cultural historian and television presenter Sir Christopher Frayling demonstrates the rise of Chinaphobia in popular culture with the help of some film clips. Frayling chronicles the entry of Dr Fu Manchu, known as ‘the yellow peril incarnate in one man’, into world literature a century ago and asks why the idea developed unfairly that China was a threat to Western civilisation and why such images continue to distort our image of its people. Frayling also explains how we neglect the history of popular culture at our peril if we are to understand our deepest desires and fears.

Frayling is one of the best known cultural historians of our time, a former chairman of both Arts Council England and of the Design Council, and presenter of numerous television series on a range of subjects from advertising to the Middle Ages and Tutankhamun.

Supported by Ian and Carol Sellars.