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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 ...

Guangzhou: Home to a New Generation of Afro-Chinese Children

Six months after the dramatic events that took place in Guangzhou where dozens, possibly hundreds of African residents were evicted from their homes and hotels, the South China Morning Post returned to the southern Chinese city to examine what daily life is like in the bustling African ...

New Short Doc Showcases Black Lives in China

A compelling new mini-documentary, produced by the Beijing-based independent production company Arrow Factory, provides a rare glimpse into the lives of China's diverse Black community. A half-dozen expatriates share their personal experiences of what it was like to move to China, ...

The Black Expat Experience in Hong Kong

African residents living in China today are either students or traders, according to widely-held perceptions. With more than 80,000 African students studying in China every year and tens of thousands of people from across the continent doing business in port cities ...

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 ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

It’s Not All Gloomy

The last few weeks have been marked by a pervasive gloominess about Africa’s future. 

As Zambia was defaulting on its Eurobond debt, the G20 was praising itself effusively for coming up with a debt response unlikely to help anyone. Meanwhile, the depressing talking points kept coming: a lost decade, 25 years of growth down the drain, millions pushed back into extreme poverty. 

These are all realities. However, they might not show the entire ...

New TV Ad Controversy With Anti-Black Racial Overtones Erupts

Star Wars star John Boyega resigned from his role as spokesperson for Jo Malone today after the British perfume brand replaced him with Liu Haoran, a popular Chinese actor, for the version of their TV commercial that was aired in Mainland China. 

Fostering Empathy is Key for China’s Next Generation to Challenge Anti-Black Racism

By China House Fellows Jinhao Bai, Yi Cheng, Jiasui Xie, Ruoyu Yan “If we want to confront the issue of racism, everyone needs to take their share of responsibility. This 'everyone' includes you, me, and all the other individuals living in ...

Hatred and Hospitality: See the Complexity of Racism in Guangzhou

By China House Fellows Andy Zhang, Jie Cang, Ziyu Lin and Yirong Xu “We don’t want gifts and apologies: We want our dignity…We have fractured this world.” – Kevin, student “But ...

Anti-Black Cyber Racism in China

By China House Student Fellows Xinjian Lyu, Chenxing Ji, Yuncheng Chi, Shizhen Gu Guangzhou, one of the most developed cities in China, has become a popular place among foreign immigrants. The majority of immigrants here in Guangzhou are Africans who seek ...

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 ...
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