ca. 1909. Sikhs from India at the Calapooia Lumber Company, Crawfordsville, Linn County, Oregon, 1905-1915. (Crawfordsville is about 30 miles north of Eugene, Oregon). (Photo courtesy of Stephen Williamson www.efn.org/~opal/indiamen.htm
In California at the turn of the 20th century, a community grew in southern California with an interesting history: Punjabi-Mexican families of the Imperial Valley. This unique… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on May 31, 2011 at 9:02pm —
Note: Jess Nevins' entry on the Yellow Peril was just too fascinating to be abridged, and so it will be posted in two parts. Follow along next Wednesday for Part II.
Film poster for The Face of Fu Manchu, who is one of the best known examples of the Yellow Peril stereotype. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.
The Yellow Peril.
Although the anti-Asian stereotype of the “Yellow… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on May 11, 2011 at 3:36pm —
The memorial to the town of Africville. It reads "Landed Deeded 1848-1969. Dedicated in loving memory of the first black settlers and all the former residents of the community of Campbell Road, Africville and all the members of the Seaview United Baptist Church.
Africville was one of Canada's oldest black settlements. Founded by Black Loyalists who fled to Nova Scotia after the American Revolutionary War, the area's African-Canadian population grew after the War of… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on February 25, 2011 at 12:00am —
By the turn of the century, the color line in sports was firmly in place, but the charismatic and controversial Jack Johnson smashed this line with a firm one-two to the jaw. Though boxing had long roots, it was a fairly new sport to Americans in the 1880s, and though banned in many states, one law which was standard across the board was to deny black boxers the right to spar with white opponents. To circumvent this rule, many African-Americans traveled to… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on February 11, 2011 at 5:28pm —
was created by James Fenimore Cooper and appeared in Cooper's five Leatherstocking novels, including The Last of the Mohicans
(1826). Cooper (1789-1851) was one of the major early American writers, although he is known today primarily for Last of the Mohicans
Set in 1757, The Last of the Mohicans
is about Natty Bumppo, a.k.a. “Hawkeye,” and his adventures alongside his friends Chingachgook, a Delaware Mohican, and Uncas,… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on January 18, 2011 at 11:08pm —
ejon the Ranchero from The Mexican Ranchero. Image from "American Sensations." Click for link.
was created by Charles E. Averill and appeared in The Mexican Ranchero
; or, The Maid of the Chapparal
(1847). Averill (?-?) was a popular dime novelist. He is… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on January 11, 2011 at 9:57pm —
For the last post of the year, I'm enjoying a post-holiday recoup and a some good steampunky links. Featuring some oldies but goodies, great vids, the launch of SteamCast in Brazil, and pretty steampunk art after the jump.
Read more on BeyondVictoriana.com
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on December 26, 2010 at 10:21am —
Note: Cross-posted with permission from Edwardian Promenade.
Meta (mee-tah) Vaux Warrick Fuller was not the first African-American sculptress–that would be Edmonia Lewis–but she became the most prominent. She was born in 1877 to a prominent Philadelphia family, her father a successful barber and her mother an equally successful beautician. Raised in relative financial comfort, and educated in the typical feminine graces of the time, Fuller’s career as an artist… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on November 28, 2010 at 6:57am —
Modern day dandies--Gentlemen of Bakongo, Brazzaville. Click for link.
Dandyism and the Black Man
A dandy is a man who places extreme importance on physical appearance and refined language. It is very possible that dandies have existed for as long as time itself. According to Charles… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on November 7, 2010 at 12:00am —
Myself with Viceroy Chang in his place of honor. Don't we look so dapper? Image courtesy of Holly Hickerson
Note as of 9/21/2010
: Since the posting of this report,
I have received feedback that a reader had been offended by my comments
below for ignoring the presence of mixed race and Native steampunks at
Dragon*Con. I take full responsibility for the offense made and
apologize for my oversight. As noted in the comments of this… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on September 12, 2010 at 8:00pm —
My work also looks at the ideals of beauty and femininity represented by examples of privileged members of society, and the aspirations of the less fortunate women to be like them. - Mary Sibande (source)
Read more on… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on August 22, 2010 at 9:05pm —
One of the most interesting conversations I’ve had about steampunk was with Crimean Palais, who claimed steampunk was his life, but ironically, did not feel like he belonged with the steampunks he met at the Steampunk Empire community. Crimean Palais, from the Ukraine, explained why
In fact, first I also felt myself a bit… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on August 8, 2010 at 1:30pm —
Note: This week's contribution is a cross-post from Sandrine Thomas of Edwardian Promenade. Enjoy!
Dr. Yamei Kin (1864-1934) was a contradiction. The product of American-upbringing and Chinese heritage, she held the traditional values of the turn-of-the-century, but was both modern and fiercely feminist. Her parents were progressive, especially her mother, who, despite submitting to the traditional practice of foot-binding, was educated… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on July 18, 2010 at 7:24am —
In a follow-up to the Steampunk World's Fair post, a few selected links for additional reading about the topics discussed...
Read the rest on beyondvictoriana.com
Henry Sylvester Williams, one of the leaders of the Pan-African Movement. Image courtesy of 100greatblackbritons.com
The close of the nineteenth… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on May 23, 2010 at 12:00am —
- Newspaper illustration from a performance of "The Coming Man" at the The Principal Chinese Theatre in San Francisco, California, in the 1880s. Audience members in the picture include Chinese men and women (one holding an infant) in fancy dress, a vendor holding a tray, and others watching…
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on May 9, 2010 at 2:30pm —
"What I try to get behind is why it is so difficult for people to change from their old ways. It hasn't worked out the way I imagined. People who thought they were superior before haven't really changed. I try to find out through studying history what gives people the right to think that way. I try to find a solution, not to be disappointed, to reach an understanding." - Willie Bester (… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on April 24, 2010 at 9:32pm —
Ena Te Papatahi - A Chieftainess of the Ngapuhi Tribe. Image courtesy of museumsyndicate.com
Charles Frederick Goldie has been called one of New Zealand’s greatest artists and one of the most controversial. He was born in Auckland in 1870. Rejecting the art movements of…
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on March 29, 2010 at 6:30pm —