from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Offensive Threatened expansion of Asian populations as magnified in the Western imagination.

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  • n. The alleged threat to Western nations by East Asians, especially Chinese or Japanese people, due to their vast population, non-Western cultures, or supposed antagonism to the West.
  • n. East Asian nations or peoples, conceived as threatening.

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  • n. the threat to Western civilization said to arise from the power of Asiatic peoples


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