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This question is very hard to answer, because the black is China’s friends and the fact I want to tell you may hurt our black friends. But it’s better to know than not to know. Please comment after you finish this whole answer ,in case you misunderstand what I want to express.
Some Chinese dislike black people. Maybe the situation is worse. Here are the evidences to prove my points.
THE FIRST EVIDENCE
China has the tradition of regarding the white color as the symbol of beauty, rather than the dark color. So this can explain why lots of the Chinese prefer white rather than the people with dark skin. Yes, this is a kind of discrimination whether the Chinese admit it or not. Personally, some black people are really beautiful and sexy. Look the picture below. who can deny the fact she is confident and attractive?
There was something unpleasant happened to my Italian friend. Though this friend is Itlian, his father is Arab so he was born with dark skin. Once he walked a street with his cousin in China, his cousin wanted to take photos with him so he asked a old lady nearby in Chinese politely: Could you please take a photograph for us? Annoyed and uncomfortable, the old lady replied directly in Chinese: No, we don’t like foreigners, you look ugly. When I heard this, I felt sorry for him and said : Sorry, dude. Maybe because she is uneducated, if you ask a Chinese teen to do the same thing, they would be very glad and even ask you to take a selfie with him. And he agreed.
THE SECOND EVIDENCE
The comments on Internet can reflect someone’s attitude towards black people so I took some screen shots and translated them for you. This is a article named: Do Chinese Really Discriminate Against Black People? Well, this article is not the point, let’s see the comments.
I will try my best to translate the comments below.
We haven’t known the black until recent decades, no mention discrimination.
DO NOT TOUCH OUR GIRLS!
I dislike black people no matter atte what .
There many many Chinese people with dark skin and curled hair like the Negro, so Chinese don’t play it low upon them.
The lazy men should be discriminated against.
It does not matter with the races and the skin color. Look the lazy people around you, you would hate them , even they are your brothers. The Negro were born with laziness, who can they blame?
I have never found them change disgrace into motivation.
The Nergo are ugly and scared!
Bullshit. It’s none of our business.
They have low literacy. The Egyptian are the only exception who are decently educated.
Most black people in China went into business or did work for others.
The black students ,in my school,lol, are the people of no breeding.
Agree. 90% Nergo in Guangzhou are rogues. They don’t want to improve prvoe themselves, who can they blame? They are always drinking in the bar all day long.
Shocked and guilty, I was translating these comments and told myself: Shame on these guys judge others casually. It is a pity that these low guys do exist in China. No mention the Nergo, they even look down upon other Chinese! For example, I am from Anhui province, China, the Chinese geographical equivalent to Kentucky, America. The living quality of my hometown is lower than other big cities in China. So someone low-browed call us 白完（white over），which is an aggressive and violent word like nigger.
I can still remember once I read news, it said: In America, a Korean girl went shopping in a supermarket and spoke Korean with her friends. A old white lady walked towards her, said: No Asian languages here, I hate it. Get out of my country! The point of what I say is , every country has good and bad people.If this kind thing happen to you, my black friends, please bear this in your mind: good people are always more than the bad people!
MOST CHINESE WELCOME BLACK PEOPLE WITHOUT ANY DISCRIMINATION!
I am a Black American. I lived in Beijing, China teaching English. I never had any negative interactions with Chinese people. My Chinese co-workers enjoyed working with me. We laughed and played, but still kept our focus on providing an excellent product for our adult students. After work, I enjoyed hanging out with my co-workers.
At my place of work, I taught adult students. Some of them asked me about racism and prejudice toward minorities in the USA. They were very concerned about visiting or moving to a country where they would encounter racism and prejudice. None of my students ever said one negative word about Black people.
In the streets of Beijing, I spent plenty of time walking, taking taxis, riding subways and buses, hanging out at markets and going shopping. I always received excellent treatment from everyone that I interacted with in public. I never felt fear or threatened. I would be outside late at night to go eat. I always felt like another Chinese citizen.
I remember fracturing my toe. I needed to get to the hospital. A Chinese friend of mine was a driver. He saw me in pain trying to get to public transportation. He quickly came over and offered to take me in his car. My Chinese is broken, but at the hospital my friend gave me his number and told me to contact him after I finished. I called him after I received treatment at the hospital. He had another friend come pick me up.
I had to wear a removable cast on my foot for a few weeks. Everywhere I went, Chinese people would ask me if I were okay. In fact, older women would come up to me, rub me on my back and tell me that everything would be fine. I never had so much concern shown for me at any earlier point in my life. I asked one of my Chinese women friends why people were so concerned about me. She told me it was because they cared about me. Later on, at home alone, I broke down in tears over the love shown for me.
I don’t think we like/dislike any people particularly.
There was an CNN article talking about racism in China and mentioned that since China had nothing to do with slavery or slave trade, the people in China had never seen many black people around in the past. There was some black individuals in Chinese history but only individuals, never a community. Therefore Chinese people, in general, are not familiar with this concept of how to deal with black people. They are curious and interested in different skin tone but won’t have any idea before they know the person unless someone else (or some other countries) have influenced them. In the younger generations many say very racist thing such as “black people are all rapist and thieve”, but then they admit that they’ve never encounter with any black people in their life. They’ve learned this impression from Hollywood movies or US TV shows. So, can you see the problem we have here?
And, also, politics correctness do not exist in my country. Which I consider as a good thing.
As a consequence, we call black people “black” because their skin tone are black. Simply describing the colour and no other intentions. At the same time, traditionally, we do not like the colour black. It was a divine colour thousands of years ago but now it isn’t, not anymore. Traditionally we consider black as a colour of unlucky (and red as lucky of course). So, you’ll hear lots of people say things like ‘it’s pretty dark today’, ‘get your black little hands off’ or others. I don’t consider this kind of things racist because this is our culture and when we say this we don’t mean anything towards black people. And also I think it’s unfair if anyone is bold enough to think the whole world must change and bow to some new orders to please certain group of people. We didn’t participate in the slave trade and in fact the early Chinese immigrants were used as slaves, too. I don’t think we should be criticised on this kind of cultural differences. (I say this because someone did say Chinese people should stop doing this and I find that ridiculous)
As for skin tone, Chinese people do prefer brighter skin (not necessarily white but bright). And again this is another tradition to do economic conditions. Unlike the white people, us, Asians, our skin is very sensitive to the sunlight and we can get tanned much much easier than the Caucasians. They may need to use special serum or machines to get the bronzing result but we don’t. I’ve tried to expose myself under the sun in Western Australia for 15 mins and my skin shade changed from cream white to earthy light brown. So, in ancient China, skin colour can tell how long you’ve been working under the sun. And only those who must work to feed their family or live have to work under the sun and therefore have darker skin. This ‘darker skin=working class’, ‘brighter skin=noble or rich’ idea was established, again, thousands of years ago. This is an absolute tradition and I don’t see why we must change our taste for brighter skin. ( I say this because I saw people arguing how racist it is that the East Asian countries all favour bright skins)
In the end I’d like to share a story of mine. Last year I was giving out flyers on campus for a project of mine and my team. A team member of mine, who’s from Nigeria, joined me short after I’ve started. He was a bit shy and apparently it was his first time flyering, so he didn’t speak much to the passengers. Therefore in the end I gave out most of the flyers on our hands and he didn’t. It was pretty normal to me since flyering was about establishing short single-sided conversation, he wasn’t good at building this conversation so people ignored him. However, weeks later our project director asked us about the project and what we’ve learned. He said that he experienced racism, because when we’re both flyering, people prefer to take the flyers from me more than him. I didn’t say anything though but I was just sitting there like, “what????”. I wonder, when he accused those people for being racist, didn’t he ever think about me and my race? I’m a person with colour too man. (´･ω･`)
The amount of generalisation in this question is over the top. People are individuals. We think differently.
You can’t take one person that belongs to a group and say that whatever they think
We were raised differently. We don’t think as a group, but rather as a thinking, breathing, person, each shaped by our own experiences and feelings.
Let me state it here.
I’m Chinese. I like people for what they have done, and for their personality.
If you have blue eyes, brown eyes, or green eyes, it doesn’t make a difference to me.
Should what’s on the outside dictate what’s on the inside?
If a Black person held a knife to my throat, and demanded all my cash, no, I wouldn’t like a robber.
If a Chinese person held a knife to my throat, the only difference in my reaction towards him would be that I would curse at him in Mandarin.
Even if all my experiences with Black people have been negative, I wouldn’t dislike them.
When I was eight, I read a newspaper article online. A Chinese tourist had been caught shitting on the sidewalk.(Not the actual place, but this is an accurate representation of what happened.)
The amount of hatred towards this Chinese woman scalded me.
Molten hate, that shocked and saddened me.
Fear, that these commenters would think that all Chinese were this way- uncultured, and ignorant.
I swore never to generalise people.
For every Black person I might meet that could give me a negative impression, there is another Black person with a kind heart and an earnest soul.
Let’s make this clear.
I like people, until they give me a chance to dislike them.
Trust me, Chinese people find black people genial. Like in Korea, sometimes there are black people in talk shows and variety shows.
They generalise black people as really HEALTHY. Their smooth skin, white teeth (always commented), their built. The generalisation is probably due to sports like basketball, or from documentaries about the wildlife Africa.
Chinese people do say some ‘racist’ things without really meaning it to be mean or anything, especially among the currently 40+ population.
“那皮肤黑的呀。。。。。。” His skin is soo dark hohoho (when watching the tv). But after that 80% of the time they will then say: Look how white and healthy his teeth is.
“我已经被晒成黑人了” I’m now dark as a black person (due to the sun).
None of those are derogatory, rather just…you know. But generally there’s no blatant racism towards black people. There’s more ‘racism’ towards Koreans and the Japanese, because of history involved (but this happens only when involving entertainment. They use that history and politics as an excuse to bash celebs they dislike).
The two Asian giants, India and China, two of world’s oldest cultures, share a common prejudice — their dislike of black people.
Below an article from UK daily Independent that narrates the experiences of the blacks from Africa in China and India. The story, written by Ishan Tharoor, ran on May 27, 2016. It has the feel and smell of the way things really are for the black people.
JUST MINUTES before his birthday, Masonda Ketanda Olivier was beaten to death. The Congolese national was confronted by a mob of men late at night last Friday in New Delhi and killed. Police said the incident was a dispute over the hiring of an autorickshaw; Olivier’s friend, an Ivorian national, said it was a clear hate crime, with racial epithets repeatedly invoked.
This week, irate African diplomats in the Indian capital pointed to Olivier’s murder as evidence of wider discrimination and bigotry against black people who visit and live in India. Olivier, who reports indicate was about to turn 24, was teaching French.
“The Indian government is strongly enjoined to take urgent steps to guarantee the safety of Africans in India including appropriate programmes of public awareness that will address the problem of racism and Afro-phobia in India,” Alem Tsehage, the Eritrean ambassador and the diplomat representing other African envoys in New Delhi, said in a statement. They also warned against new batches of African students enrolling in Indian universities.
A number of African diplomats chose to boycott a planned event celebrating the history of India-Africa ties on Thursday.
On the same day, on the other side of the Himalayas, an ad for a Chinese laundry detergent went viral. (blob:http://www.independent.co.uk/41e…)
It’s shockingly racist: The video shows a fetching Chinese woman lure a paint-stained, lascivious African man toward her. She briefly toys with him before shoving a detergent capsule into his mouth and him into the machine. Out emerges a fresh-faced Chinese man, looking sparkling white and clean.
The backlash to the ad has been swift in English-language media circles, with the Shanghaist highlighting it as yet another display of blatant racism in China that “can leave you completely and utterly dumbfounded.”
These two separate episodes, a murder in Delhi and a callous video in Chinese cyberspace, shouldn’t be seen as isolated incidents. Rather, they are features of a prevailing theme: the inescapable racism and ignorance faced by Africans in both countries.
India and China represent two of the world’s most dynamic, booming economies. Their populations jointly comprise a third of humanity. Both countries now consider themselves finding their rightful place in the world after centuries in the shadow of an imperial West. Part of their economic rise has seen both nations build robust ties with countries in Africa.
For Beijing and New Delhi, the continent is an important arena not just for trade, but for the exercise of soft power and wider geopolitical goals.
Yet many Africans who have come in the tens of thousands to China and India as students and businessmen, petty merchants and backpackers, complain of persistent racism.
In February, a Tanzanian woman was stripped and beaten by a mob in Bangalore after a Sudanese man, in an entirely separate incident, was believed to have hit a local with his car.
Last year, an Indian publication put together a moving, sad video of testimony from African students and professionals about their experience of daily discrimination. It also includes 2014 footage of a mob in a Delhi metro station attacking three black men with sticks, while chanting nationalist slogans.
“It’s like I have a disease,” says one student in the video.
In China, it’s a similar picture. In a 2013 account, an African-American English teacher recounted his students complaining about their instructor: “I don’t want to look at his black face all night,” one said.
Africans, whether on university campuses or elsewhere, across the country have also been subject to attack and abuse. Growing merchant communities in certain cities, such as in the southern metropolis of Guangzhou, rub up against a wider population that is ethnically homogenous and largely unfamiliar with the diversity and history of black populations elsewhere.
The African community in Guangzhou has taken to the streets to protest unfair treatment on a number of occasions, including in 2009 after the death of a Nigerian man fleeing a police raid and in 2012 after another man died mysteriously in police custody.
A comedy group based in Shanghai produced a video regarding Chinese stereotypes about black people.
While India is home to a dizzyingly diverse, multiethnic and multilingual society, prejudice abounds. Africans experience the same crude cocktail of ignorance and bias toward “whiteness” as their counterparts in China.
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