Answered Jun 7
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).
Karmen Kingery, English Teacher at China
Answered Jun 7
I’ve lived in China for about a year and I’m tall, thin, and Latina with curly hair, so my experiences might be different. Generally from talking to locals with phone translators and other expats, Chinese like foreigners especially if you’re a nice, peaceful foreigner. And if you can speak a little Chinese, you’ll make their day. They’ll do a lot to help you. It can get overwhelming, though. I can’t tell you how many times 10, 20 people would jump to help the tall, flashy foreign girl. I didn’t even ask most of the time. Once, I underestimated the weather and got caught in the rain, when this girl at the bus stop led me to the nearby toilet and had me use her stockings and a sweater until I got to the mall. I returned them as soon as I got back to my apartment. The times I have gone to work sick, my students and colleagues would be telling me ‘take your medicine’, ‘try this remedy’, ‘get better soon’, ‘you should take the day off’, things like that.
If anything, they may be staring and gawking at you and not being discreet about it. When they do gawk, they’re not being mean, they’re just very curious. The only real static I’ve seen is towards some Chinese that were born and raised in other countries. That’s more of a ‘how can you be Chinese and not speak it’ thing. As for me, I usually hear ‘piaoliang’ a lot while someone is looking directly at me, some have said ‘you’re so pretty!’ They’re not exactly discreet about telling you whether you’re pretty or not