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TECNO’s New AI-Powered Camera Software Artificially Lightens Black Skin Tones

A fascinating discussion is underway within China's art community about whether new AI-powered software used in TECNO mobile phones is contributing to a form of colorism in Africa, by favoring lighter skin tones over darker complexions. Taipei/Berlin-based filmmaker and visual artist ...

Checking In on Black Life in Shanghai in 2021

It's been a while since social media weighed in on the theme of Black life in China. The topic was immensely popular in the aftermath of anti-Black discrimination that occurred in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou last Spring, but faded in the second half of the ...

South African Singer Eli Zaelo Wants to Become Hong Kong’s Next C-Pop Star

Pretoria native Eli Zaelo first moved to Hong Kong in 2015 to join the cast of the Disney show the "Lion King" which performed in the territory. After the show was over and she returned to South Africa, Zaelo felt compelled to return to the southern Chinese ...

China’s Outgoing Ambassador to Somalia Says Goodbye With a Bit of Flair

China's ambassador to Somalia, Qin Jian, is transitioning from his post and stopped by Villa Somalia this week to say goodbye to President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo in style. It's not clear where Ambassador Qin's next assignment will be.

Two Senegalese Tourists Banned From Visiting the Great Wall of China After Venturing Into Restricted Areas

A pair of Senegalese tourists visiting the Great Wall last month learned a lesson of what happens in China when you break the rules. The two ventured into "wild" and "undeveloped" areas of the wall that are off-limits to visitors and were quickly apprehended.  ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Sanctions and Anti-Sanctions

For those tracking the development (and high-level normalization) of ‘the new cold war,’ this week has been a doozy. U.S. President Joe Biden departed for the G7 summit in Cornwall with a rare bipartisan win in his pocket. His U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, a $250 billion bill aimed at countering Chinese competition in a number of hi-tech areas like semiconductors and robotics, passed with a 68-32 majority. Some predict that it could ...

China’s Role in “Decolonizing” Healthcare in Africa

I still remember the day I arrived in the quiet city of Natitingou, North-West Benin, after the 7000-mile journey from my hometown in China. I was to be a translator in a Chinese medical team deployed to the local hospital. Over the 13 months ...

China to Build a New Library at the University of Nairobi

Beijing's top diplomat for sub-Saharan Africa, Wu Peng, announced on Twitter yesterday that the Chinese government will build a China-themed library at the University of Nairobi. The university is already home to a Confucius Institute. Wu added that he ...

Two Ghanaian Stars in the Chinese Super League talk About the Challenges of Playing Professional Soccer in China

The pressure on African players in China's professional soccer league is going up say two Ghanaian stars who are going to teammates next season on Shenzhen FC. Midfielder Mubarak Wakaso will be joined by 30-year old Black Stars winger Frank Acheampong in ...

Chinese Perspectives on Anti-Black Racism in China

A series of high-profile recent incidents including the use of blackface on Chinese TV, discrimination against Black residents in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, and widespread racial insensitivity on Chinese social media sites like ...

BlackLivity’s Láikàn (来看) Series Portrays a Nuanced, Complex View of Black Life in China

BlackLivity, the independent community-based media platform dedicated to showcasing Black life in China, launched a new video this week that highlights the site's compelling Láikàn series that provides first-person stories about the African diaspora experience in and about China.
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