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Writers Against Racism: "Race Matters in China"

Once you read this post, you’ll know why I want to read this book. 

"If Western racism is about genetic dispositions, Chinese prejudices and racism are more about achievements and standing in the world as applied to individuals or groups." Yan Sun, a professor of political science at the City University of New York, is the author of “A Sichuan Family and Tibet’s Future” and “My Han Relatives’ Views from Xinjiang.”  (comes via The NYT China’s Changing Views on Race)

The NYT has an editorial, profiling the changing faces in China and how those faces are causing a national debate. And while their faces look like my brown face, their facial features are Chinese. 

"Race matters in China, as it does in the U.S., with foreigners and immigrants of darker skin often treated poorly."
Zai Liang is a professor of sociology and director of the Urban China Research Network at the University at Albany, SUNY. (comes via The NYT China’s Changing Views on Race)

I think it’s high time we had a global discussion about race! 

Initially when this W.A.R. series started, and I decided to devote it exclusively to my blog, I never thought to include the global community in this race debate. Back then, it never dawned on me. I thought Americans had enough to deal with in regards to race, but the reality is, our global community has some serious issues to deal with when it comes to color, hair, eye color, sexual orientation, economic status, education, gender, age, etc. I know it’s nothing new, but, we have to talk about it in order to move past it.

This editorial is worth reading and discussing, as is Lou Jing’s story. My first question to start the discussion is, 



  1. Sarah Johnson says:

    Thanks for expanding your wonderful W.A.R. series to the global community.

    I am an ex-pat and am living in my 5th overseas country. I lived in Guangzhou, China from July 2008-June 2009. Yes, there are race problems in China, even in the international school my kids attended. My family experienced racism directed against us in both China and Iceland, including name calling and threats.

    Your question, “Will we ever accept people for who they are?” is a wonderful question. I’m interested in others’ answers.

    What I’ve noticed in both the international schools my kids have attended and in international communities I’ve lived in, is that as each individual meets other individuals and learns about them and their beliefs, prejudices diminish and everyone learns that what we have in common can overcome diverse cultural backgrounds and all differences.
    The conversation and being open is critical.

  2. B. Herrera says:

    The difficulty in accepting people as they are is twofold. First, people don’t trust their own judgement many times and depend on other people’s opinions, thereby creating stereotypes and prejudices. Secondly, we often do not show people who we really are, so we are in effect adding to the insecurities and inaccurate judgements of others. Only when we learn to be secure in our own personalities and judgements will we begin to ignore color, gender, culture, etc. It’s a long journey, but can only happen if we take the initiative to begin it. Instinct tells us to take a look at someone and make a judgement; wisdom tells us to slow down and wait until we get to know the person.

  3. Amy Bowllan says:

    Sarah, thanks for your comment and your story has so, piqued my interest. I want to know more about your experiences overseas.

    I also believe that having detailed conversations is the only way, since much of what we judged is based on not knowing.

    B, I like “wisdom tells us to slow down…” We have to work diligently to make our young people to be “wise” early in life. Can it be done, if the teacher herself is not wise? Hopefully. Thanks as always for your thoughts.

  4. Wow, this sounds FASCINATING! I’m totally behind on these posts (for some reason my blog reader still gives me grief with them), but they’re well worth perusing as I have time. Thanks for leaving them up.

  5. Amy Bowllan says:

    Tanita, with all that’s happening, I too am behind. I completely understand. :) xo and thank you!!! :)

  6. samuel welsh says:

    lets all fight raceism and get african treated better in china.