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Why are some chinese afraid of African people? [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2004-9-9 18:11:05 |Display all floors

Right On, Tony!

Tony I couldn't agree more with your comments. I think some people in China are afraid for two reasons. First, there is a lack of knowledge. I can tell you that living in a fairly small city in Hebei Province not many people have ever seen a person of color and when they do there are often stares because they are curious as to why that person is here? Where do they come from? Why is thier skin so dark?

Second, maybe this is off topic I don't know, there is a stereotype of people of color. Maybe some people get there ideas about Africans and others from films and televsion. I can tell from experience that I have faced this situation when I first came to China. I remember visiting an English class taught by a Chinese teacher, a good friend of mine. During the break one his students who was sitting next to me turned to and ask me two questions. Can you dance? Can you play basketball? I kindly responded no to both questions and he said, "well you are black so I think you can do those things. I think all black people can play basketball and dance." I was not angry, but rather curious as to why he thought this way. I have always made it a point now to inform students that what they see on tv and film does not reflect the truth behind people. Like Tony says in his comments, people of color have mad e contributions in all fields and have accomplished so much.

So my suggestion to all my Chinese friends on this bbs, do not fear us. Of course on the outside we may look different, but on the inside we are all the same in one place, the heart. I've been fortunate to meet some great Chinese people on this bbs who I call my friends now and they have not been afraid to get to know me because of my skin color. So I would say look past the color of a person's skin and get to know them. You will not only be educating yourself, but you are going to make a life long friend possibly.

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Post time 2004-9-10 00:32:04 |Display all floors

I read alot of nonsense on this site

Foolish things that most people should know better about.

  People are people, we should treat all people with respect, and not fear, hate and ignorance.

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Post time 2004-9-10 10:25:01 |Display all floors

To tony ..u are right.

Why i said thatt i was afraid to make friends with the black person..
I came to beijing just one year..beforei did ,i have never seen or met a foreigner in my hometown...I know them just from movie or some newspapers...and The HIV comes from the Afria ...sorry ...It is still in my mind...so I have a little bad feelings with the black persons..and the black is so different from the yellow..
  But china is growing ,so many foreigner come here...I know more and more different cultures and know more about them...
   At the beginning ,I fear the white man,too. A american man is my roomate, we together do some shopping ,or share our exprience, so now i know he is a nice guy..AND I dont fear the white...
   Now i live near wangjing, I saw some blacks, At the first sighyt of them,
I really feared them, But now gradually I didt,, becuase i realize that  they were the same with us ,maybe only a little culture and the skin is different...
sorry...My english is not good...i made a mistake on grammar...I have corrected it...

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Post time 2004-9-10 11:24:47 |Display all floors

be open-minded...

Sally, that's alright as long as you keep open-minded and don't let stereotype stay in your mind. Fear of unknown things are very common everywhere and it is not the domain of Chinese. I visited India once and I talked to an Indian woman who asked me if Chinese women also wear sari and eat the same food they eat. She thinks India is the best place as she has never travelled to other countries.  The same thing also applies to many westerners who have never travelled out of their own town.

One thing I can be sure is when you have friends with different skin color and looks, you will forget their differences soon and feel as comfortable as with any of your Chinese friends.

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Post time 2004-9-10 13:25:33 |Display all floors

I AM ON YOUR SIDE.

I think may chineses are afraid and even jealous of black people especially africans. I've faced this situation severals times since i've been in china. Can you imagine somebody who run away when you're trying  to get an information from him? Some of them refuse to take the same bus with black people. But me I can say it's ignorance. That's why I ever ask this: What do u think about black people? But I've realized that those of them who speak english are open and welcome. And ready to make friend and even share meal with black people.

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Post time 2004-9-10 14:40:25 |Display all floors

HIV???? come on Sally!...be serious..

This is really getting sad! I don't know where HIV originated. If it is Africa..then okay, but HIV has been around a lot longer than you think..about 30 years?

No one coming to visit China has HIV. There is medical screening for this now. And even if some poor, sick people had it, they surely would not be able to afford a plane ticket to come here.

By the way, there are plenty of sick people in this country who have HIV. HIV spreads the same way by the same actions

People of color and white people in China are healthy professionals with current medical evaluations, and many have their own doctors.

SARS, on the other hand is a local, Guangdong sickness from Foshan that the whole world also fears. But that is no reason for me to fear my friends from Foshan or any other Chinese.

You have a simple problem...you are racist but you don't know it.

But that is surely better than being a racist and knowing it.

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Post time 2004-9-10 14:49:41 |Display all floors

please don't take it personally

"But I've realized that those of them who speak english are open and welcome"

Hi, people, that's point! Acutually it's not that Chinese who can speak English are more open-minded, rather, people who can't speak English are too shy to deal with foreigners.

Once I was in a shopping street in Beijing, happened to spot a young blonde couple standing in the pavement. They were both very good looking and trendy. When I walked passing them, I overheard they asked three passer-bys, three young Chinese girls, "do you speak English?". The three Chinese girls were so surprised, they even staggered sideway and then waved hands panickly and walked away. Foreigners would very easily interpret this behavior as racism, but as a Chinese, I would believe they were just too shy, and had never experienced this.

The same goes to black people. Trust me, most Chinese's attitude toward black is friendly, mixed with curiousity and a bit strange feeling. So if you are active and friendly, you will be accepted very well. Of cause there are rubbish people everywhere, I believe some Chinese discriminate black on purpose, but just ignore those stupid and insecure cowards, they make troubles even among Chinese.

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