Sometime ago I wrote a blog about racism in China which was brought to the national spotlight when a black Chinese girl Lou Jing appeared on the Chinese reality television show called “Let’s Go! Oriental Angels,” Lou Jing gained national fame and notoriety — largely for her skin color.
Now CNN international just did a story about Lou Jing, and racism in China.
Lou's experience has put a spotlight on perceptions of race in the country and the challenges China faces as its economic boom fosters a more ethnically diverse society.
"I am Chinese," Lou said. "But when I read the comments, I started to question myself. I never questioned myself before. This time I started to think about how I am different from others."
As China rapidly expands its ties with Africa, commentators said Lou's story exposes deep racism in China, where the ethnic Han are in a vast majority.
"In Guangzhou, to be frank, they don't like Africans very much," Diallo Abdual, told internationa reporters, he came to China from Guinea west Africa 1 1/2 years ago to buy cheap Chinese clothes to ship back to West Africa for sale.
One migrant was reported critically injured in the fall, and a large number of Africans marched on the local police station in protest. The Guangzhou Security Bureau said in a statement at the time that it had a duty to check that foreigners living in the city were there legally.
"In the same year Americans welcomed Obama into the White House, we can't even accept this girl with a different skin colour?" wrote Hung Huang, a talk show host and magazine publisher often described as "China's Oprah Winfrey.
Although Lou is still working towards her dream of being a television presenter, she said the episode had left her less optimistic about whether she can find a place on China's airwaves.
"They want a TV host who is considered traditionally beautiful," she said.
"Ever since I appeared on TV, I realised that maybe I don't fit the image of a TV host. Many believe a TV host should have white skin, high nose and big eyes."