Chinese in Northwest America Research Committee.
This page was last updated: January 13, 2015
Japan and Japanese-Americans ラスカ・ユーコン 太平洋博覧会
In the Northwest, Japanese outnumbered Chinese by 1909, although racist persecution was
growing despite protection by the Japanese government. That government mounted a major
official exhibit at the AYPE. But local Japanese-Americans produced their own exhibit anyway.
Very few Filipinos lived in the region at the time of the AYPE. The exhibits, which included living
Filipinos, were produced by and for European-Americans.
China and Chinese-Americans
The Chinese population of the Pacific Northwest had fallen sharply since the anti-Chinese riots
of the mid-1880s. China, unable to protect local Chinese, did not take part in the AYPE. And
yet those local Chinese, with surprising confidence, chose to mount a China exhibit of their own.
The AYP Exposition and Other Fairs
The AYPE was not the first world fair for U.S.-resident Asians. They had joined such fairs
since 1893. The fairs played a central role in the growth of new Asian-American identities
Asian-Pacific Women and the AYPE
Women's suffrage was a big theme at the Fair, and Washington women won the right to vote in the next
year, 1910. However, as shown by images of Asian-Pacific women at the Fair, sexism was hardly dead
Based largely on work with primary sources, the AYPE page of this website contains much as-yet
unpublished data about Asian- (Chinese-, Japanese-, Filipino-) American participation in the AYPE.
The AYPE is compared with other American world fairs with Asian exhibits, especially the World's
Columbian Exposition in Chicago (1893) and the Lewis and Clark Exposition in Portland (1905).