A Chinese Laundryman’s Fantasy of Revenge?

          Chinese laundrymen not only suffered from unfair laws and taxes and physical violence to the point of death, but even children often tormented them with mischievous acts such as throwing mud at washed clothing that a laundryman had hung outside  to dry before ironing.  Social commentators were sometimes sympathetic to the plight of the Chinese with satirical cartoons in magazines and newspapers such as the one below by Frederic Opper.

           Although many would find that the laundryman’s actions in the cartoon would probably be warranted as ‘sweet revenge,’  any such actual retaliation by a Chinese would have been like jumping out of the frying pan, or wok, into the fire. Offer’s scenario could only be but a fantasy.A Chinese Laundryman s Revenge Fantasy

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