Saturday Question of the Week

I always get a lot of questions and I have decided to add this Saturday Question of the week section to my blog.  So please send me any questions you want to ask and I will be happy to answer them.  Below is a question I got from one of the comments on my blog.. and I think the answer is so detailed that I wanted to put it in a blog.

I love your blog!

I got a question if you don’t mind.. Since you’re the only black woman living in china I know of. Do you never worried about your future children?

I’ve just watched a cellphone video that disturbed me more than anything I’ve seen.. one white (around 8-year-old) child bumped into an elderly Chinese woman and a whole crowd of people swooped down and started to kick him and crushed his little arms and hands (I’m not making this up, I got the link but I don’t think you want me to post it) and all the while men and women were laughing at this ‘foreigner’ I couldn’t watch more than that. I can’t help to think what would happen if it had been a black child if they did that to a white child..

I want to first let you know that my husband and I will not be having children.  I am unable to have any more children and even if I still could I wouldn’t due to the fact that I am over 40 and don’t want to start all over again.  I have two grown children and a grandson, and we decided before we married that it would be enough.

However, I want to address your question regarding the video you saw and what would they do if it was a black child.   First, I am not sure where this video was  taken or in what country, but living in China for as long as I have, it is very hard for me to believe that the locals would do that to a child, no matter the color.   Children are very prized in China and most think that foreign children are very beautiful, even to the point that they want to touch them, slap their butts, and take their photos.  Although, most mother don’t approve or condone it.

Believe it or not, they think that a child that is mixed with Chinese and another race is more beautiful, and more intelligent.   If you ask any Chinese person on the street here they will tell you that mixed babies are more smart than other babies.  They feel that they get the benefit of both cultures and this will make them stronger and more clever.  They have the opportunity to learn so much more and the genes to be stronger and more beautiful.

So, in regards to How would they react to a Black child, mixed child or any other child; I feel that they would  think they are adorable, just like all babies.  Funny thing about Chinese people a lot of their behavior, attitude and prejudices are all from the lack of knowledge, they are blocked from so many things that they sometimes have no clue.  But usually have they educate themselves or meet people of other colors and countries they change.  I am not saying there aren’t bad Chinese people … there are bad people in every race and nationality, But I am saying that for the most part Chinese people are very accommodating and try to be kind.   I am very sorry you had to see this kind of video…. but don’t let that spoil your view of China and the Chinese people.   I think what you saw was something that is very rare.

What do you guys have to say?

Until next time…..


14 thoughts on “Saturday Question of the Week

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  2. lol

    the video is about a Muslim kid. He was stealing and the backward people want to teach him a lesson in the old style way. They beat his hand and kick him. You see this a lot. I seen this a couple time to Muslim kids in China. Muslim kids don’t have a good imagine in China. They are know as thief. Also, the riot in 2009 where they attacked han Chinese really did help them either. Now the Chinese see them as enemy. So yeah, the Chinese as be your friend or they can be your enemy.

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  6. anais

    Extrapolation is a dangerous thing – like Jo said, there are bad people in all societies, countries and of all races; To say that this sort of behaviour exists throughout China as a result of just this one video is incorrect – bad things always make their way onto the news by good things rarely do – I guess nice videos are never as popular nor get as many hits. What you’ve heard about possible discrimination is probably a misunderstanding. China has very much been a closed country and up until only recently have people from other countries and cultures visited – consequently there is this fascination with people of other hair colour and eye colour etc. When I first went a few years back, random people asked to have their photo taken with me which I found particularly weird and sort of creepy in a way – but a friend then told me that it was because I had blue eyes and brown hair and looked not-chinese!

    btw. Jo, everything on your blog is so true – ahhh, makes me want to go back again!

    1. You should come back and visit… Im sure you would be welcomed back with open arms…..hehehe… you know how Chinese people are when they havent seen you in a long time… you will get to eat a lot every day….(smile)…. Thank you for the comment.. and your right… if the video is bad… it goes viral… but good….nothing.

  7. Thanks for answering my question!

    I can only go by the Chinese I’ve met in South Africa. Chinese people are not very liked in South Africa (They take jobs and money from poor black people who need it the most and hire only other Chinese) they seems to me to be a quite close knit and not to eager to let in strangers, but that’s my observation of Chinese people living in Africa.

    I just double checked it, It’s on a street in Hong Kong. The men stomps on the child hands until they break.. What I’m wondering why is the women not doing anything. Not even with the hate that we felt/feel for white people at the hight of apartheid did we do things like that to children. Us women would not have it, while these Chinese ones stands and laugh. I hate these kinds of countries where if people release a video like this there’s no reaction from the public of disgust. Even in SA with as many poor people we got there’s always a reaction to such things.

    I’ve seen this report on a half Chinese/black singer who had a lot of ‘Your not Chinese thrown her way’ when she was on TV. Do you know which one I’m talking about?

    1. I know the singer your talking about…. (by the way .. she didnt sing very well) but I told you there are bad people everywhere.. but they didnt beat her up or anything… they just was more angry at her mother…. since she had a baby out of wedlock, and with a Black American that was out of the picture. By the way they moved to America. I dont know about hong kong… since they were under British rule for like 99 years… you would think it would be more civilized. However, for the record most mainland Chinese do not consider Hong Kong Chinese the same. I do know that in mainland China … people tend to “mind their own business” … this was the exact thing i was told. Even when I stop to look at something not right.. or I want to say something… He saids… “It is not our business”… and pushes me along. He claims that it doesnt pay to be to kind to strangers because they will find a way to cheat you or blame you for their problem. So…. with that kind of thinking… I could see how no one would do anything. It was funny that you said that about the Chinese in Africa….. that is the same things that the Chinese people say about the Africans that come to China. Ironic .. dont you think?

      1. Actually that taking jobs are true, I know in my head we lost 25.000 black jobs in the textile industry in my region since they came here. Everyone of those unskilled jobs could get a family out of a shack. I don’t know how many Africans there are in China but surely they can’t be that many?

        Oh yes there’s bad people everywhere no denying that.

        Oh I just google that clip (Seems to be all over the place, Asians calming it makes them look bad all of that), it seems like the child was a mixed or Uighur. Some people said they were the N-word of china..

        1. Actually, there are alot of Africans in China. In Guanzhou, there is even a large area of the city they call “Chocolate City” where it is like harlem in the states. I was quite surprised at the amount of Africans in China. The Black Americans are often confused with the Africans here, which often opens a whole new bag of worms. There are even several cases where Africans claim to be Black Americans and cause some trouble. I think I must google this clip…..Also, since most people in Mainland China do not know the N-word… and have never heard of the N-word… I know these Chinese you are referring too must be exposed to western thinking.

          1. My husband and I googled the video your talking about… and my husband said “the language was in Chinese a chinese local language he didn’t know… but it looked like the kid stoled something and they were punishing him for doing it”. He said “in China when someone steals they take it into their own hands because the police are too busy for such a small thing”. He also said the kid was Chinese, Not white or mixed. To me in the video, it looked like only one guy was the main abuser, therefore he might have been the one that the kid stoled from. In China people use kids all the time to steal from people… this maybe the reason the boy’s parents were not around to protect him. I dont condone or approve of any of it… and I read the comments which were more racist than the video its self. It is a shame that that is put on the internet and that it is causing more hatred between the races.

      2. Oh all right, most of the Chinese people I’ve read seems to think he’s one of those ‘Western Chinese Turkish mix’ that looks white. They don’t seems to think highly of them..

        I checked up on how Africans in China, you got me quite curious about the whole affair. So about 100000 Africans lives in china.

        Do the police really beat up Africans without a reason? The people they interviewed have such horror stories to tell.. Most of them seems to be Nigerians and they put up with a lot of stuff to make money… they don’t seems to like it there, but they can’t go home since they need the money..

        Kinda funny how the Chinese seems so upset with the few Africans they got seeing how there’s millions of them in Africa, not to mention 400000 in my home country. They should be glad that they don’t got any zulus over there. If they mistreated us, the Chinese people in SA would feel it as well (Not saying it’s right at all). Family is very important in my country.

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