|Depiction of the Chinese
in the Popular Press
Assumptions about racial and cultural differences are expressed in visual form
as well as in the written word. This activity gives students an opportunity
to analyze the stereotypes presented in illustrations in the popular press
of the 19th century (Chinese in the Popular Press).
With students in groups of five, pass out one copy of each of the five cartoons/illustrations
to every group. Have each student chose one of the illustrations to analyze.
Using jigsaw or a similar cooperative learning method, have students reconfigure
into groups looking at the same illustration. Have the students use Part I
of the questions to help them examine and interpret the illustration.
Having answered the first set of questions, students should reconvene in their
original groups and share their illustrations and explanations with other
group members. Looking at all five of the illustrations, groups can answer
in Part II.
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