November 16, 2009
President Obama arrived in Shanghai Sunday in the midst of a raging debate over perceived racism in China. The controversy centers on lingering public reaction to the appearance of a bi-racial contestant on a nationally televised talent program three months ago. Twenty year old Lou Jing is the daughter of a Chinese mother and an African American father. Scores of hostile comments flooded the internet following her TV debut. And some are now questioning how the world’s fastest growing economy negotiates issues of race in its quest to become a global power. My report.
Chinese people are not used to seeing a Chinese mother have a black daughter or black son. It’s beyond our experience. But the response from the internet is quite beyond my imagination. - Sociologist, Guoli Dong, of Shanghai University.
The aspiration of many in Asia towards whiteness is a reflection of the idea of white supremacy and a reflection of the idea that the North Atlantic Powers were the quote— winners— unquote, and therefore they need to be imitated. - Historian, Gerald Horne, University of Houston