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2020 in Review: The Impact of the “Guangzhou Incidents”

This April's outburst of discrimination against Black and African residents in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou marked a seminal event in China-Africa relations this year. Dozens, possibly hundreds of Black and African residents were ...

China House’s Africa-China Dialogue: From Exploring Discrimination to Building Dialogue

By Yajie Xu, Hongxiang Huang, Hailin Huang and Yifei Zhu Guangzhou, one of the commercial hubs in China, has attracted a large amount of Africans during the last few decades. "Chocolate City" was coined as another name for areas like Xiaobei ...

Perceptions & Misperceptions About the African Diaspora in China

The Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. hosted a fascinating webinar this week that explored the complex social issues surrounding Black life in China. CSIS Africa Program Director Judd Devermont together with Georgetown University lecturer Travis Atkins hosted ...

One of the World’s Foremost Scholars on Race and Racism in Afro-Chinese Relations Uses YouTube to Deliver an Innovative Lecture to His Students

Lingnan University (Hong Kong) Assistant Professor Roberto Castillo is widely regarded to be among the world's foremost scholars on Africa-China race relations. With his students all stuck at home due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Professor Castillo decided to try something different than the usual Zoom ...

Q&A: What’s It Like to be Black in China?

After the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer and the subsequent Black Lives Matter protests across the United States, Chinese multimedia journalist Daisy Xu wanted to find out more about how her compatriots regard Black people in China. This is an especially poignant issue ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

How Will Biden Shake Up Africa Relations? Let’s Watch

Tomorrow, the whole world’s eyes will be on the inauguration of Joe Biden. Stepping into a moment of unprecedented domestic crisis, he will probably have relatively little bandwidth for Africa. Indications are that the Biden administration plans to steer away from the Trump era’s unilateralism. While the incoming Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs hasn’t been confirmed yet, many State Department appointments have been filled by veterans from the Obama era. ...

Exploring the Boundary Between Casual Racism and Curiosity Through Lived Experience of Black People in Guangzhou

“You don’t get to be Black in China and just be, you have to consider all the other stuff you have to deal with in order to have the experience you are trying to have,” says Jane (alias), an African American woman who has worked and lived ...

Chinese High School Students Reflect on Anti-African Discrimination in Guangzhou

It's been almost five months since a spate of anti-African discrimination erupted in Guangzhou, home to the largest overseas African population in Asia. Back in April, amid mounting fears of a COVID-19 outbreak in the southern Chinese, dozens, possibly hundreds of ...

Bittersweet Memories: a Holistic Picture of How Africans Are Treated During COVID-19 in Guangzhou

By China House Student Fellows Houming Ling, Lynn Yuhan Pan, Meng Zhao and Zach Ziye Zhang "The African community in Guangzhou is on edge after widespread accounts were shared on social media of people being left homeless this week, ...

It’s Been Nearly 6 Months Since Guangzhou, What Have We Learned?

It's been six months since Guangzhou became synonymous with anti-black and anti-African discrimination. In the wake of numerous videos, photos, and accounts of the maltreatment of African residents in the southern Chinese megacity, feelings on all sides have hardened. It's true ...

Six Months After the Discrimination Crisis in Guangzhou, a Group of Chinese High School Students Goes to See If Anything Has Changed

Shocked by the news of widespread anti-black discrimination back in April in Guangzhou, a group of five high school students from across the country went to the southern Chinese city to see if relations between African residents and the local community have improved.
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