Is this excerpt from the 1914 Catholic Encyclopedia "racist"?
The Annamite is of low stature, his limbs are short, his body well-made but ungraceful, his hair black and coarse, his mouth big, his lips thick, his nose flat, and his nostrils dilated. His skull is short and rather wide, his cheek-bones protrude, his eyes are lozenge-shaped, his complexion varies from brown to yellow. In Annam both men and women wear their hair rolled up in a chignon, but in Tong-king the women wear their hair in coils around their head. The great blot on the Annamite character is an overpowering tendency towards deceit and dishonesty, which Christianity — as attested by hostile French officials—has done much to remove. In general sober and industrious, the Annamite is greatly attached to his family and his home, and, though naturally of a gentle and timid disposition, exhibits on occasion a courageous scorn of death.
I would say its remarkably accurate.
And if anyone knows where similar studies of Oriental cultures by Catholic authors can be found, I would be very greatful. I believe that roscoe mentioned a Jesuit book on Chinese culture; I cannot remember its name.