Boxer Uprising

The Boxer Uprising Context:

The Boxer Uprising of 1900 was a rebellion in Northern China against the spread of Western and Japanese culture in China. The rebels were refered to as "Boxers" because they trained in a certain style of boxing and performed riturals that they believed made them invincible. The Boxers burnt down foreign property as well as killing foreigners and Chinese Christians. The Boxers took over present day Beijing until international forces subdued the rebellion. The rebellion officially ended in 1901 and China was forced to pay $330 million in reparations.

Analysis Overview:

Using data from newpapers and periodicals related to the Boxer Uprising, our team will take a closer look into the following questions:

How did Western sentiment towards the Boxers change over time?

How did British v American newspapers represent the Boxer Uprising?

In order to answer these research questions, we'll use sentiment analysis to explore the positive/negative views towards Boxers throughout the rebellion. Using a word cloud, we'll compare most commonly used words in newspapers to describe the rebellion.


Bridie McBride, Ysabelle Olairez, Nancy Yang, Joshua Shin