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31st May '17 8:13:16 PM DrOO7
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* In the Colleen [=McCullough=] novel ''The Touch'', upon emigrating to Australia from Scotland and being given a tour of her wealthy new husband's home, Elizabeth Kinross is embarrassed at the idea that men will be trending to her laundry--there was a substantial Chinese immigrant population in Australia at the time of the book's setting--but agrees after she's assured that the practice is very common.
23rd Mar '17 5:46:09 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode ''The Talons of Weng-Chiang'' features a Chinese Laundry, justified by being set in VictorianLondon.

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* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode ''The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS146TheTalonsOfWengChiang The Talons of Weng-Chiang'' Weng-Chiang]]" features a Chinese Laundry, justified by being set in VictorianLondon.
3rd Jan '17 9:01:39 PM Xtifr
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* [[Literature/TheLaundrySeries The Laundry]] takes its name from the fact that it was run out of the apartments above a Chinese laundry during World War II.

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* [[Literature/TheLaundrySeries In ''Literature/TheLaundryFiles'', The Laundry]] Laundry takes its name from the fact that it was run out of the apartments above a Chinese laundry during World War II.
3rd Jan '17 6:57:44 PM Juicehead_Baby
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[[caption-width-right:350:Two Wongs will make it white.]]
20th Oct '16 9:11:40 AM Morgenthaler
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By the 1930s, [[BigApplesauce New York City]] had around 3550 Chinese-run laundries, proudly displaying "Hand Laundry" signs to show their commitment to [[GoodOldWays traditional methods]]. Unfortunately, in an effort to drive the [[YellowPeril "dangerous foreigners"]] out of the city, laws were passed in 1933 to among other things restrict ownership of laundries to American citizens. (The laws of the time prevented Chinese immigrants from becoming naturalized citizens.) After negotiations by the traditional Chinese social organizations failed, the openly leftist Chinese Hand Laundry Association was formed to fight this discrimination. They did a very good job of it, and of supporting [[SecondSinoJapaneseWar the Guomindang's defense]] [[NoMoreEmperors of China]] against ImperialJapan with invaluable medical personnel and aid to reduce the apallingly high number of troop-deaths from wounds and disease. Unfortunately, despite ongoing support for the Guomindang, once [[RedChina the Communists]] [[ChineseWithChopperSupport destroyed the Guomindang]] in the Chinese Civil War in 1950 the RedScare somewhat inexplicably saw the CHLA denounced as a "Communist" organisation and its membership sharply declined.

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By the 1930s, [[BigApplesauce New York City]] had around 3550 Chinese-run laundries, proudly displaying "Hand Laundry" signs to show their commitment to [[GoodOldWays traditional methods]]. Unfortunately, in an effort to drive the [[YellowPeril "dangerous foreigners"]] out of the city, laws were passed in 1933 to among other things restrict ownership of laundries to American citizens. (The laws of the time prevented Chinese immigrants from becoming naturalized citizens.) After negotiations by the traditional Chinese social organizations failed, the openly leftist Chinese Hand Laundry Association was formed to fight this discrimination. They did a very good job of it, and of supporting [[SecondSinoJapaneseWar [[UsefulNotes/SecondSinoJapaneseWar the Guomindang's defense]] [[NoMoreEmperors [[UsefulNotes/NoMoreEmperors of China]] against ImperialJapan UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan with invaluable medical personnel and aid to reduce the apallingly high number of troop-deaths from wounds and disease. Unfortunately, despite ongoing support for the Guomindang, once [[RedChina the Communists]] [[ChineseWithChopperSupport destroyed the Guomindang]] in the Chinese Civil War in 1950 the RedScare somewhat inexplicably saw the CHLA denounced as a "Communist" organisation and its membership sharply declined.
19th Aug '16 4:39:27 AM Morgenthaler
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Perhaps the most famous real life ChineseLaunderer is Yick Wo, of the U.S. Supreme Court case [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yick_Wo_v._Hopkins Yick Wo vs. Hopkins]], which held that a law that on its face was racially neutral, but was applied in a racially discriminatory fashion violated the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which the court maintained applied to resident aliens as well as full citizens. It's an important precedent.

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Perhaps the most famous real life ChineseLaunderer Chinese launderer is Yick Wo, of the U.S. Supreme Court case [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yick_Wo_v._Hopkins Yick Wo vs. Hopkins]], which held that a law that on its face was racially neutral, but was applied in a racially discriminatory fashion violated the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which the court maintained applied to resident aliens as well as full citizens. It's an important precedent.



Subsequent technological and social developments have pretty much killed off the ChineseLaunderer as a current stereotype. If they appear in any form nowadays they're likely to either be laundromat owners or dry cleaners.

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Subsequent technological and social developments have pretty much killed off the ChineseLaunderer Chinese launderer as a current stereotype. If they appear in any form nowadays they're likely to either be laundromat owners or dry cleaners.



* ''Film/TheWarriorsWay'': Yang takes over the laundry when he arrives in Lode, mainly because that's what everyone assumes he'll be good at. He actually has to learn how to do it from Lynne, the white woman who had befriended the ''previous'' ChineseLaunderer.

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* ''Film/TheWarriorsWay'': Yang takes over the laundry when he arrives in Lode, mainly because that's what everyone assumes he'll be good at. He actually has to learn how to do it from Lynne, the white woman who had befriended the ''previous'' ChineseLaunderer.Chinese launderer.



** Amusingly subverted in that while Hannibal plays Mr. Lee as a stereotypical ChineseLaunderer, the episode reveals that the real Mr. Lee is not in fact Chinese.

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** Amusingly subverted in that while Hannibal plays Mr. Lee as a stereotypical ChineseLaunderer, Chinese launderer, the episode reveals that the real Mr. Lee is not in fact Chinese.



* There's a ChineseLaunderer in ''WesternAnimation/WheelSquad'' but he doesn't show the typical stereotypes that come with the trope. He once taught martial arts on the side.

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* There's a ChineseLaunderer Chinese launderer in ''WesternAnimation/WheelSquad'' but he doesn't show the typical stereotypes that come with the trope. He once taught martial arts on the side.
12th Jul '16 11:26:32 AM CptnLhurgoyf
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* Spoofed in ''VideoGame/BarkleyShutUpAndJamGaiden'', in which the laundromat in Neo New York is run by an elderly Chinese man.
31st May '16 12:07:25 AM gallium
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* In non-fiction travel memoir ''Literature/AroundTheWorldInSeventyTwoDays'', Nellie Bly praises "what Orientals can do in the washing line," and notes that six hours is enough for one to get a load of laundry back.
22nd May '16 5:47:07 PM karstovich2
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** Laundries are also run by Koreans or Vietnamese.

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** Laundries are also run by Koreans or Vietnamese.Vietnamese; Korean-run laundries are particularly common on the U.S. East Coast (e.g. UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC, UsefulNotes/{{Baltimore}}, and UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}} as well as New York...to say nothing of northern UsefulNotes/NewJersey, where there are so many Koreans in southern Bergen County that a common insulting nickname for Fort Lee is "Fort Rhee").
14th Apr '16 4:45:49 AM Shadowgazer
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** The most important example is Ming Lee Foo, a minor supporting character and a friend of Lucky Luke.
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