Chew Man Chew Bubble Gum and Fortune


Chew Man Chew Bubble Gum and Fortune featured individually packed pieces of gum with fortune paper inside. A clear spin-off of “Fu Manchu,” a yellow face with mere lines as facial features reminiscent of the Fu Manchu mustache introduces fortunes like: “Questions/ may be keys to/ doors of truth.” The yellow face has also a brown conical hat, and fingers with long sharp black nails.

The red wrapping paper has sharp yellow letters with black shadow, characteristic of the stereotypical so-called “Asian font.” On the side is the same yellow face as on the paper fortunes.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: BrazilAssociated Place: Brazil

See more items in: Work and Industry: Asian Pacific American Business


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2012.3057.01Catalog Number: 2012.3057.01Nonaccession Number: 2012.3057

Object Name: Gum wrappersgum wrappers

Physical Description: paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 10 1/4 in x 6 7/8 in x 1/8 in; 26.035 cm x 17.4625 cm x .3175 cm


Record Id: nmah_1422751

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