A fear that ‘real’ (that is, British) New Zealanders would be crowded out of their own country by Asians is reflected in this cartoon. A working man and a returned soldier are having to stand in a bus because Asians have taken all the seats. The cartoon appeared in the New Zealand Freelance in 1920, the same year that the Immigration Restriction Amendment Act gave the government the power to keep out ‘unsuitable’ immigrants.
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Cartoon by Thomas Ellis Glover
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