This week in Virginia, reporter Bryce Williams shot and killed fellow journalists, Allison Parker and Adam Ward during a live interview. (News) According to some news outlets, the murders may have been racially motivated. Just recently in Sanlitun area, Beijing, a Chinese woman was fatally stabbed in front of her French husband. (News) Publications reported that the attacker made a comment about hating Americans and was angry at the interracial couple. It’s still amazing but not surprising how race and prejudice still plague our society.
How does race and prejudice play a role here in China between the Han majority, ethnic minorities and foreigners? When I spoke with Loretta Evans, this week’s MADE in China guest, I was immediately suprised at how she felt she was treated as a black woman in different parts of China. But it totally made sense. I’ve seen local Chinese touch black people’s hair and ask if it’s real. They’ve said things like chocolate, NBA, Kobe, beautiful, young, handsome, Africa, and Michael Jackson. Her story gave me hope, but also concerned me about the way China see’s race as it continues its evolution as a super power.
Loretta feels she left much of racism behind in America and was able to be her “true authentic self, freed from an unexplained invisible burden of race and judgment.” “Being black in China is different from being black in America,” Loretta says early in the interview. She just felt like an outsider, like many other foreigners. Before she was a woman or black, she was just an outsider. At the same time, she felt that local Chinese who go abroad may be starting to come back with a different perspective of black people. One that felt like a shift from their original curiosity to judgment. What does this mean for the way Chinese originally view race versus hierarchy, and what ideas from outside China are influencing locals? Are foreigners exporting new ideas as well as their old baggage?
I don’t know the answer to race and prejudice in China but it’s a conversation worth having. Loretta adds to this conversation with her personal perspective.
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