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The Chinaman: Minstrels and Other Caricatures

by Nicholas Sammond

The 1920 cartoon short The Chinaman mobilizes racial stereotypes about Chinese Americans common in non-Chinese communities at the time in order to make jokes about the Fleischers' minstrel charcter, Ko-Ko the Clown. Note that in addition to this racial/ethnic theme, the cartoon also plays on Ko-Ko's ability to flee the drawn page and exist in the (cinematic) real world.

The Chinaman

A 1920 Out of the Inkwell short by the Fleischer Studios.

from The Chinaman (1920)
Creator: Dave Fleischer
Distributor: Bray/Inkwell Images
Posted by Nicholas Sammond