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We were once “Dusky Peril” in America!

Compiled by Sindya N. Bhanoo Email Compiled by Sindya N. Bhanoo
September 2015
We were once “Dusky Peril” in America!

September 16, 1906
– An article in the Puget Sound American describes recent “Hindu” migration to Bellingham, Washington.

The article is entitled “Have We a Dusky Peril?” and subtitled “Hindu Hordes Invading the State.” It reads, “Bellingham workmen are becoming excited over the arrival of East Indians in numbers across the Canadian border, and fear that the dusky Asiatics with their turbans will prove a worse menace to the working classes than the ‘Yellow Peril’ that has so long threatened the Pacific Coast.”


Sindya N. Bhanoo writes the Observatory column in the Science section of The New York Times. She is also a board member of South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA). This column’s material is from SAADA. https://www.saada.org/.



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