Lou Jing, half black Chinese girl, sparks race debate in China

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  1. Anonymous says:

    @ #84
    I’d agree. It makes more sense to identify with family and culture than skin color. Skin color is irrelevant.

    …I vote we turn everyone green. It wouldn’t fix anything, but it would sure be funny.

  2. niten says:

    Good lord, some people in Chinese internet forums are racist? How barbaric! Somebody should translate 4chan into Chinese so they can see an example of civil and unprejudiced online discussion.

    I mean yes, racism is a problem in China (and Japan, and Africa, and Europe, and any place where locals feel threatened by outsiders), but isn’t this like the pot calling the kettle…uh…nevermind.

    The announcer’s comments are a little more disturbing, but I think that’s partly cultural; in China, it’s not nearly so taboo to point out obvious physical differences. If I gain weight, my mother-in-law just says, “Boy, you’re getting fat.” Just like that. I’ve also had discussions about the colour of my various bodily wastes over the dinner table, as people try to diagnose an illness. Different cultures are different; that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re wrong.

    OTOH, it obviously bothers her, and that sucks. Part of the problem is that blatant racism also isn’t as taboo in China.

  3. guernican says:

    If I may both elevate her and reduce her at the same time… damn, she is gorgeous.

  4. devophill says:

    I feel bad for her hair.

  5. coldspell says:

    Racial “purity” is another way of saying “inbred”.

    Racial “hybrids” make for a healthy gene pool.

  6. nona says:

    Lou Jing,

    You are most welcome here in New Zealand and I am sure around the Pacific if your own country does not accept you… Just know the REST OF THE WORLD most probably will! YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL … WHAT an awesome disguise you have should you travel to europe, the americas.. wow… anywhere! you cant do undercover work now coz the whole world has seen you!lol! … FIGHTING!!

    Alofa tele lava, Arohanui, Aloha, Sarang, Lublu, Mahal …

    Nona
    XOXOX
    [A Pacific Island Diva who thinks you ROCK!!!]

  7. dainel says:

    I’m in Asia, Malaysia to be exact. The racial divide here is not black vs white. In fact, aside from tourists and foreign students in the big cities, there are very few “whites” and “blacks” to be seen. But there is a racial divide. And there are racists people around. Plenty of them.

    What do you do if you are racist and your boss is not of your own race? You bad-mouth him/her to your peers, of your own race. Sometimes, they don’t hold the same racist views as yourself and stays away from you.

    There are many levels of racism.

    1) I wouldn’t talk to them

    2) If they sit down on the bus seat next to me, I will get up

    3) I will not share my workplace with them

    4) I wouldn’t work for them, I’ll quit

    5) I will not hire them

    6) People of “x” race is bad in maths, people of “y” race things only of money

    7) I wouldn’t let my children marry one of them

    8) I wouldn’t marry one of them

  8. hobomike says:

    Think what a peculiar time we live in, where people are still seemingly distinct. How long will that last? A few hundred more years? I’m calling it here: the future of the world will be something like filipinos…dark skinned asiatics with spanish names!

    Arriba!

    • Brainspore says:

      @hobomike:

      I’ve heard that argued before but I don’t buy it. Look at Brazil- for half a millennium the native peoples have been interbreeding with ethnic Europeans and Africans but modern-day Brazilians are far from racially homogeneous.

      • hobomike says:

        Sorry, I didn’t mean to imply that we would ever be homogeneous, I realize that within relatively homogeneous nations there’s still classism, colorism, ageism, etc. I’m sure someone here could make the argument that it’s “human nature” or something.

        But I believe that much of the world as we see it today is a result of mostly sedentary peoples. As we travel more, emigrate, and interact with people of other cultures we will inevitably mix more. I’ve seen it in my lifetime. I’m no scientist but racially, some groups just happen to be more genetically “dominant” (i.e., more visually represented in their progeny). I’m not saying in our lifetimes, but eventually (I dunno, thousands and thousands of years from now?), do you think there will be any more (naturally produced) blond-haired, blue-eyed, light-skinned people?

        Maybe if we have to start living underground…

  9. Anonymous says:

    I am a Chinese and I never realize that Racism is so strong until I came to Australia, Whites boys or guys intentionally annoy us just because we are Chinese. So it’s not a problem where she should go, everywhere in this world got racist people. If you invite her to US, can you guarantee she won’t meet racists there? Ok, it’s something can’t be helped, it’s a universal problem and will need next and next generation to change, also school education for racism needs to strengthened here in Australia.

  10. Mindpowered says:

    And as usual “China” is a modern construct, the imperial past as far as far back as the Western Chou is replete with foreigners coming to what is now China, integrating and entering the gene pool. The greatest period of chinese culture, the Tang was the height of the Silk Road with a huge interchange of people, ideas, genes and culture.

    As has been mentioned racism in China is social idea. The communist government uses divisio et imperia and has placed the “Han” whatever the hell those are on top. Not the first society to create a myth of racial superiotity to justify it’s deeply unjust economic position.

    • Comatose51 says:

      It’s not a government policy at all. It is a Chinese and, to a large extend, an East Asian societal problem. The Chinese government has actively discouraged racism in China. One can question the effectiveness of their methods but I don’t think their intention is to encourage racism.

      I’m a Chinese American. I can tell you flat out that those in my family who grew up in China and Hong Kong are just racist. Those who grew up in the US are much less so. This is not all that different from the form of racism harbor by Koreans and the Japanese.

      This is not the result of a Chinese government policy but a prevalent sentiment across all of East Asia. It’s not something they can just legislate away. It’s something that need to be brought to the surface, discussed, and confronted.

      Often times when people speak of racism they speak of unfair treatment faced by people like them. They don’t care about the overall issue of racism and the rejection of race as anything more than skin deep. I see this in the minority students who I’ve tutored.

  11. Anonymous says:

    She is beautiful, and anyone who belittles her for her existence is jealous.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Just 2-3 years ago in Russian Idol contest that called “Narodnii Artist” there was singer young man from Mongolian origin won the top Russian Idol position. You can search in youtube his performances by his name Amarkhuu Borkhuu. So America and China learn some lesson from your russian friend/rival.

  13. Anonymous says:

    She is gorgeous..speechless

  14. Anonymous says:

    All I have to say is that there is nothing wrong with people of mixed race. And I agree, if you make fun of a person just because of their skin color and what they like/dislike then you are truly pathetic. Don’t be ignorant, learn more about the person before you decide that you hate them just because they are half-black/half-asian.
    In other words all I have to say is that you who do discriminate against those who are mixed need to get a slap in the face by reality because most of the people in the world are bi-racial.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I’m African American, and i dont think the label “chocolate girl” an insult…
    when you think of chocolate, you think of something sweet.
    but anyways, i think she is beautiful, and the simple fact she is 100% chinese, thats all she knows.
    its sad that she doesn’t know who her father is.

    chinese society is more homogenous, its not like america, were everyone is mixed.
    the chinese have a long way.
    that goes to show you, its not about the skin color, she is no less chinese than her lighter skin counterparts

  16. Anonymous says:

    A beautiful girl but she does have an interesting complexion. Maybe it’s the make-up they lather on these contestants but she does come off somewhat like those Ganguro girls in Japan. Not that excuses or changes anything, it’s just an interesting look. Doesn’t seem to be much talent in the rapping department but she seems like a perfectly amicable young girl.
    And here I was hoping China wasn’t as blatantly xenophobic as Japan…
    Pick up the pace China! I want you human-rights-violation free by the time I need to welcome you as my new overlords (I’m not from an anglophone country so I’m used to submitting to indirect rule, just go easy on me).

  17. Anonymous says:

    she needs to get out of that small town.
    she is so beautiful… she represent the fact that, despite, we are different in color, we are the same!!

    just because she has dark skin, doesn’t me she isn’t chinese!!
    the girl is chinese, that is all she knows!

  18. Gloria says:

    I couldn’t read the rest of the Shanghai Daily article because it was for subscribers only, but I find it interesting that the Chinese paper emphasizes local popularity of mixed-race people — that they’re often thought of as more attractive, more educated — and the opportunities she is afforded by her background, whereas Time and NPR look at the racist reception Ms. Lou Jing has received.

    I wonder what it means though. All this has made me think of the recent news articles about the influx of Chinese souvenirs commemorating Barack Obama. I understand there must be a clear line between feting a foreign president and accepting a person similar living next door, but this seems like a bizarre contradiction to me.

  19. sprockety says:

    What’s Mandarin for “racist hillbilly fuck-tard?”
    Stay Classy China, you are more like the US than my worst fears.

    Btw I was looking for links about this on reddit and the only thing I found was from 2 months old. (http://www.chinasmack.com/stories/shanghai-black-girl-lou-jing-racist-chinese-netizens/

    I’m not sure when her appearance on “Go Oriental Girl” was but I think we are talking about a story that’s 8 weeks old.

  20. Anonymous says:

    When Lou Jing makes it to Columbia University she will be a huge hit in this country.

  21. Sam says:

    She should come to America. Nobody cares.

    • Anonymous says:

      she can came to the Caribbean We have Mixed Children Children From White , Indian and Black people

      and we donot see skin colour

  22. monstrinho_do_biscoito says:

    most importantly, she’s hot. she’ll be fine.

  23. Steve Schnier says:

    Better yet, come to Canada. She’d be more than welcome.

    • Gloria says:

      @Sam Schnier: I think the mistake here is to assume that because many Canadians won’t care, nobody does. Considering that Canada are built on strong immigrant lines, with a large Chinese community, I doubt she’d have a perfect time of it. My dad, first gen immigrant, is a good man, but he’ll make casually racist remarks all the time.

      I know I’m being sensitive, but having experienced some racism myself and read lots of extreme remarks on Canadian news sites, it feels weird when people are secure in painting Canada as a perfect place. I love it, and it IS great, better than any other place (except maybe Scandinavia), but there’s significant rot hidden under the floorboards. They may not be in your face or on a national Idol show, but some people hide awful prejudices.

      I’m wondering: Can’t we talk about this girl’s difficulties *without* talking about our own countries? After all, this is a Chinese issue.

  24. ian_b says:

    @2: we’re not racist, but she’ a *communist*!

  25. Anonymous says:

    #2, She can stay at my place!

  26. Anonymous says:

    @ #2 and #3- but China is her home. She should have the right to feel safe and welcomed in her own country. It’s really sad.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Today I saw and held my sweet new niece, she is 6 days old, part white, black and chinese, and 100% beautiful… I hope the world that she grows up in is better than the present one.

  28. Tom4 says:

    From reading about her background, it appears a large part of this isn’t as much about race, as it is that Lou Jing is the product of a married Chinese woman who had an affair with a guy who then fled the country. The mother hid the truth through pregnancy, until it was blatantly obvious to the husband that it wasn’t his. If it really were about race, then why did Lou Jing admit in interviews that she never experienced feeling different or ostracized by peers/society through her first 20 years of life?

    The spin and comments off of mainstream US articles is ridiculous though. It’s unfortunately common for Western media to pick and choose facts or events, to fuel the self-serving and smug attitude we like to have when it comes to people/events outside our borders.

    One could EASILY write an article about rampant American racism, xenophobia, prejudice, and discrimination and link to various Stormfront articles and comments as proof (or even on this page). You don’t really see this though in East Asian newspapers, even though they could if they did what US media does. They could also point to the history of violence and segregation in the US, that they don’t have.

  29. Space Toast says:

    I realize this is too easy for an educated American to say, but as China persists despite all evidence in considering itself a race, culture and nation state all in one, perhaps it’s time this discussion was sparked. I’m sure Ms. Lou doesn’t want to be at the center of all this brouhaha, but if the debate needs to have a face, well…

    Damn, if that isn’t a good one…

    Okay, I managed not to be a pig for one paragraph.

  30. nutate says:

    Watched some footage of her singing from that talent show… She’s beautiful but she’s a terrible singer! And not a good rapper… not on the beat…

    That said here’s to her studying journalism at Columbia.

    She surely has a bright future.

  31. LogopolisMike says:

    I’m with you Space Toast, though since I’m a big homo it means I’m just being shallow, not a pig.

    But seriously, if we need a better illustration about how f’d up racism is, it’s a world view where the woman pictured here could ever be described as “gross and ugly.” Talk about a warped sense of seeing the world.

  32. Anonymous says:

    She’s hot. China needs to get over their nonsense and treat all human beings like human beings.

  33. mellowknees says:

    How totally unfortunate for her.

    I find it amazing that anyone cares what anyone else does, or what anyone else is, what anyone else wears, etc., etc., etc. As long as other people aren’t hurting someone else, who the hell should care what they do, who they love, who made them, or what they believe?

    I’m starting to think that the REAL burden of the human condition is that we all try to do the best for ourselves, and we assume that what’s best for each of us is also what’s best for everyone else in the whole world.

  34. Anonymous says:

    I lived in China for 4 years, it is where I met my wife and started my family. I am white/American and my wife is Chinese. My experience in China was that it was one of the most racist places I have ever been. There are levels of racism though. As a white American I was just one step below the Chinese and I could find a job anytime almost anywhere. My black friends had a lot of difficulty finding schools or companies to hire them.

    The advertisements would specificaly say “White Male American, no Blacks please.” But it even goes deeper. The main Chinese ethnic group, the Hans, look down on all other ethnic groups. It is also very common to look down on those from other cities. Everyone in China is defined by their “local Chinese” which in fact can be a completly diffrent language.

    I liked living in China but the racism was the ultimate reason for me leaving. When all the problems in Tibet happened right before the Olympics it became very dangerous for me and my family. Bricks through the windows of our house. Attacks on my 2 year old son. My wife picked up and questioned by the police, etc.

  35. Anonymous says:

    If she’s 5’10″ or above I’m certain she will soon have a career as a supermodel. Perfect face and gorgeous skin tone.

  36. cymk says:

    Damn, shes cute and I hope she reaches her goals in life. But even in china, mixed races or foreign races are used to shill crap, to sell an image. Sure to some that is a desirable trait, but the same could be said for race relations here in America. I think racism is slowly becoming a generational issue rather than a race issue, where the younger generations care less and less about the color of ones skin, while the oder generations still cling to ideals of a bygone age. Sure there are exceptions to each rule, but given enough time I think the future generations of any nation will be far more accepting than we are today.

    @Sam:
    If you think racism in America is gone, then you haven’t been paying attention. It still exists, we as a culture are just more used to seeing it, and accepting it. Racism is all about the belittlement of one race, usually at the expense of another or several others.

  37. Anonymous says:

    I’m chinese and I grew up in New Zealand one of the nicest and the best countries in the world. I do agree with some of the people in this forum saying chinese people are racist I guess its been a tradition that light skin is considered beautiful and its part of their culture. Have you guys heard of bleaching creams? They are very popular in China and nearly the whole of asia. If you go to a country full of white people they wouldn’t know what bleaching cream is and if you go up to a African American they’ll probably know what it is. Its just been advertised that light skin is beautiful so people just continue to hate on dark skin tones. I’m chinese and my skin is like Caramel.

  38. monopole says:

    Space Toast@5 LogopolisMike@6
    Actually I’d say commenting on her gorgeous appearance is perfectly good. The whole point is that short of a greater propensity for melanin production, and lovely and unique features she is no different from a “purely” Chinese lady.

    She’s competing as a performer so her unique and lovely appearance is part of her performance.

    But otherwise she just the same as anybody else with talent and a good voice. People should embrace and celebrate the difference, in precisely the way people love Susan Boyle.

    It’s the same as the many gorgeous part-asian performers on our shows.

  39. Teller says:

    This from a nation that reveres Pandas.

  40. slideguy says:

    She’s lovely, talented and has guts. She’ll land on her feet and make fools of her ignorant detractors.

  41. The5thElephant says:

    I really wonder what the extremely racist people in Asia (of course not everyone, but it is quite rampant there) think of places like New York City.

    Do they think that we white New Yorkers have the same attitude as them to the huge number of darker people around? What would they say if someone they respected challenged their racism? If they were directly introduced to a black man?

    What if that black man was going to be their boss? Or a black CEO who has business in China? I’m really curious what they do when their racism is made blatant to others and not kept to themselves in their mostly homogeneous environment. For example very few people in China are going to be exposed to this discussion on BoingBoing.

  42. Anonymous says:

    If you look on youtube and other sites such like, you will find huge amount of racial hatral coming from people of all countries, including many many north american and europeans. I really don’t think just because people leaves racist comments on websites and other places means that that country has a racist stand. Unfortunately western media like to focus and report on stories such like, the worse the chinese look, the better.

  43. bcsizemo says:

    I see racism in America as almost a social disorder. Yes, the classic hate racism is still there from time to time. But I see a lot of self imposed social segregation. Maybe it’s a cultral thing, maybe it’ll just take time, I don’t know. Where I live I’d say 25-33% of the population is african american (since we need to be all politically correct…) And where I work is more than %50, but that doesn’t mean that we are all friends outside of work. Yeah there are a couple of guys that I probably would hang out with. But sometimes being white, you are kind of outside the loop so to speak. Just an observation.

    • spookyturtle says:

      “(since we need to be all politically correct…)”

      fyi, possibly why your co-workers avoid you like the plague can be seen in your comment. My nose almost wrinkled at the overall tone you have.

      As a mixed race person myself (b/w), I tend to avoid white people that only begrudgingly accept people of color as if they’re a burden (“you mean, I HAVE to address them how -they- want to be addressed? You mean, I can’t just call them whatever I want? But WHY?”)

      Read up, shape up, and maybe you won’t be a burden to those around you. Take some tips from this white person:
      http://stuffwhitepeopledo.blogspot.com/

      • bcsizemo says:

        Well I wondered how long it would be before that “outraged” someone.

        Perhaps I said that from a different perspective. This article states a half black/half asian girl. When did using the term black to refer to someone become wrong. Why is it okay to call me white? Why not european-american? Or perhaps, german-ameerican or british-american? Why the label?

        The issue I have with it is not the people, it’s the idea of simply relabeling something that already has a name. If as a culture we want to move past seeing things as black/white/asian/whatever, then the labels have to have less importance, not MORE.

        I know people can be proud of their heritage, but in reality everyone born in America, is an American. Black, white, asian, latino, or any other race or color.

        I don’t see my friends as that black guy or that asian girl. I see them as the people they are. The creation and distinction of classes/people/or race simply creates a less homogeneous population.

        • Brainspore says:

          We don’t NEED a homogeneous population, we need one where differences are respected and valued instead of used as excuses to exclude and mistreat each other.

        • spookyturtle says:

          Seriously, quotes and sarcastic comments towards a perspective outside your own aren’t getting you anywhere. Realize that I have no problem with current labels. The fact is that your problem with “PC” comes without the context of the earlier shifts from much more offensive labels.

          I think you’re missing the point. From your first post, you’re alienating any person of color reading it by disregarding things you yourself don’t have to worry about.

          I don’t know if it’s worth it to go into this much more, but I’d recommend this specific article on the concept of PC language as a reaction to lost privilege. It’s the reason why when you used it in a moaning tone earlier, myself and others probably didn’t take it very well.

          http://www.racialicious.com/2009/09/23/%E2%80%9Cpolitical-correctness%E2%80%9D-is-a-reactionary-term-against-the-loss-of-privilege/

          • The Chemist says:

            I’m liking the links you’re throwing out there. I have both sites in my feedreader. (Hooray for like-minded individuals)

            Now that that’s out of the way, I think when you’re mixed race (as I am) you have the inalienable right to own it. Meaning you don’t take shit from anyone about how and when you choose to identify with one race or the other. You do it at your convenience and if anyone has a problem with it, you yank on that race card hard. Identity is up to you and you alone. No one else can decide who or what you are. Unless you’re a complete WASP who has never set foot in Asia trying to assert that you’re a Desi or something equally stupid, no one can argue with how you choose to see yourself. If they lose their temper over it- great, let them simmer and burn over something they can’t change. I’ve learned to take great relish in such things.

  44. Anonymous says:

    When I saw this, all I thought was “She’s really pretty.”

    And I still think that’s true, it says she’s twenty years old now so you must realize that by now she’s grown up around those types of comments. Still, chocolate girl?

    When I was studying in Japan (and yes, I’m aware that Japan and China are different)over the summer the English class there still used words like “n—-” and what we would see as politically incorrect (if not offensive) in America. Why? Because they thought it was okay. It’s sad, but a lot of Asia is still racist, whether they know it or not. That’s not to say [everyone] is.

    The comments here so far are right, hopefully in light of the situation China will learn a few lessons. I’m just sorry that Lou Jing has to be caught in the center.

  45. zedomax says:

    I think China and the rest of Asia has a long ways to go before full racial equality is reached. This is simply because Asia was never diverse like U.S. until recent years, well still lots of ways to go. Just think of Asia’s race equality as U.S. in the 50′s, it’s just starting to develop, really.

    For one, I know there exists NO LAWS for racial equality in most parts of Asia including China and South Korea.

    Well, a long ways to go but I hope we can stop ignorance before it starts.

  46. peterbruells says:

    @Anoymous Couldn’t you at least spell out the last letter, too? Because it’s quite relevant if you meant “******” or “negro”. People still using “negro” I could understand, that was, like “Neger” (frowned upon over here with good reason, even though many people really mean nothing by it than “sub-saharan African traits”. However, “******” I’ve never seen in a non-discriminatory context, not even older American texts where it is quite clear that the people called such are understood to be some lower kind of human at best.

  47. KWillets says:

    Mixed-race children often attract favorable attention in Asia, but it often becomes suspicion as they become adults. Our own kids got an enormous amount of attention in Korea as infants; there was one day where everybody at a department store wanted to pick up our daughter. We wonder how she’ll be treated when she’s older though.

    The Hines Ward foundation has been doing a lot for mixed-race kids in Korea, but the statistics still show that many of them drop out of school and live in poverty.

  48. Anonymous says:

    You are a beautiful sister. We as African American love and embrace you as family. We love you

  49. Miss Jess says:

    Goodness she’s beautiful. I’d be more tempted to bat for the other team if there were more women like her wandering the planet…

  50. Linds says:

    What did they say about Halle Berry?

  51. Gloria says:

    I think another important aspect of Lou Jing’s predicament is the Chinese perception of pale skin as the ideal beauty attribute.

    It’s worth remembering that the politics of light and dark skin is hotly debated in North America too. Many people argue about whether the social successes of light-skinned black men and women really constitutes a victory that includes the very dark. It’s similar to the issues black women face about hair and wearing it “naturally” or straightened — the idea that black women are only accepted if they emulate white women.

    It’s easy to attribute this racism to a Chinese culture of xenophobia, etc., but considering the broader implications, it’s clear that it’s not something isolated in one culture, one country.

    • Santa's Knee says:

      “It’s worth remembering that the politics of light and dark skin is hotly debated in North America too.”

      That would be all over the planet, not just us villainous Nor-Ams:

      For example –

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mississippi_Masala

      • Gloria says:

        Quite fair to say. I was just addressing the seeming idea here that America and Canada are apparently paradises of equality.

        • guernican says:

          I’m not sure anyone believes the United States is a ‘paradise of equality’. Canada, sadly, I have no experience of.

          • Gloria says:

            @Guernican: See the 4th comment at the top. In America, “nobody cares.” Nobody!

          • Wordsmith says:

            Sadly, in Canada, there is plenty of prejudice to go around as well. A few years back, there was a great uproar about Asian-Canadians. The cry echoed those of American of the 1960′s – ’80′s against AfAms and from the ’90′s to present about hispanics. “They” are stealing our jobs. “They” are ruining our country.

            Blah, blah.

            Yeah. There is prejudice and bigotry ANYWHERE you go in the world. People are insecure. They need something to make them feel better about themselves. Some people achieve this through hard work and elevated intelligence. Others do this by finding someone to ‘look down on’. They find a ‘suitable’ target and everybody hops on the bandwagon. Any particular behavior is something that is learned in childhood.

            Of course, it doesn’t help that so many people who complain that they are being discriminated agains are ALSO looking at the differences and not the similarities. Too many people focus on the things that divide us and eschew those things that may help to draw us together. After all, If you take the skin off, we are all just a bag of bones, blood, and tissue and, without a ‘scorecard’ (aka scientific analysis of the composition) we are all the same.

            Thankfully, as many here have already shown, tolerance, love, and blind acceptance are also alive and well globally.

            Tom4|#78: “If it really were about race, then why did Lou Jing admit in interviews that she never experienced feeling different or ostracized by peers/society through her first 20 years of life?”
            Lou Jing grew up in an environment where people knew her. Her mother obviously raised her with a strong sense of self and she gave no thought to her skin color as a large part of her identity. Then, her self-confidence in tow, she went on the ‘Idol’ program and her whole nation saw her and, as people are wont to do, under the cover of the anonymity of the internet, they began to spew hatred of someone who was ‘different’.
            Tom4|#78: “The spin and comments off of mainstream US articles is ridiculous though. It’s unfortunately common for Western media to pick and choose facts or events, to fuel the self-serving and smug attitude we like to have when it comes to people/events outside our borders.”
            (Sounds like someone has a grudge against the American lifestyle.) We cannot, nor is it fair to assume the NPR coverage was the catalyst for the racist responses. (they have internet in China, too, you know … and Chinese correspondence for NPR.)
            Ms. Lou is a gorgeous young woman. It is clear she is intelligent and, if she should decide to forestall her career in journalism for a few years, she would have no trouble getting work as a print or runway model – anywhere in the world. (Then who would have the last laugh?!)

  52. WalterBillington says:

    Chinese people are so funny. For such communist people, they’re very conservative.

    It’s true – most racist bunch on the planet. It’s actually very surprising how little known this is, given the strength of their sentiment. However – it seems to be a social construct, rather than a deeply held set of personal views.

    As for this beautiful, amazing girl – best of luck getting to Columbia – you’ll be a sensation.

  53. Anonymous says:

    let her come to Germyany. She will get a warm welcome. I think Europe is the best place for her.

  54. Bray_beast says:

    I had no idea Hines Ward (wide receiver for the Steelers)was half Korean. Don’t you love it when professional athletes act responsibly.

  55. El Scorcho says:

    She seems like such a sweetheart. I think chocolate girl will do well.

  56. Anonymous says:

    I am Chinese but I will say that Chinese people should just get over their stupid racist tendencies. This girl is awesome

  57. Anonymous says:

    She’s a very beautiful young lady. They’s just haters.

  58. St Alfongzo says:

    Wow “chocolate girl”? how ignorant! Especially coming from a country with over 5000 years of culture. I think she is absolutely beautiful. I am half Asian and European myself or as they say Eurasian. Hopefully she can embrace both cultures and be proud of who she is. It took me awhile to come to this realization. Shanghainese I like it!

  59. Anonymous says:

    to #2 & #3, you’re deluding yourself if you think the U.S. and Canada are not racist as well.

  60. Jaotsu says:

    As an American we often feel that we are the racist, but the fact is that other countries in the world are even more racist. The Chinese feel that there is no other race better than theirs and on equal basis with whites. This to me means that they even feel themselves inferior to other races.

  61. messmor says:

    I’m Chinese and the reality is that most are racists.
    I have a friend from Beijing and she told me that when she’s in China with her boyfriend (a Swede) they don’t hold hands in public because she doesn’t want people to think bad of her.
    We, who live in North America, usually won’t think twice when we see a mixed couple but it’s still considered as a no-no in China. Reality of it is also in North America, there are plenty of Chinese parents who are frowning on their children marrying non Chinese people.
    “Chocolate girl” is actually an affectionate name for her. It’s sounds very ignorant to us but the Chinese uses nicknames like “fat boy” as affectionate names.

  62. Haro! says:

    My immature comment: Yeah I’d hit that.
    I was reading about this in Shanghaiist a few months back. I remember reading the comments on Chinese websites and reading really racist comments mixed with thinly veiled Chinese nationalism. China. They’re just like us.
    Also what’s with many Asian cultures seeing pale skin as an ideal look? I’ve been trying to subtly coerce one of my friends, who is from Korea, to get a tan. She looks good but the tan would make her insanely hotter. Okay that’s enough of a tangent.

  63. messmor says:

    Another note to add to Chinese parents frowning upon their children marrying non Chinese… white people are more accepted than blacks or Indians. I remember my mother telling me to never marry a black or Indian person. Her views have changed since then. But still, that’s kind of the overall mentality.

  64. techdeviant says:

    Being half Chinese/half white myself, I can tell her that the not-knowing-who-to-identify with thing will never go away. I never really experienced any direct negative rascism (I lived in San Franscisco growing up so its generally a pretty accepting city) I can say that not knowing who you are and where you belong can also be pretty hard. The Chinese kids don’t want to play with you because you are not really Chinese, and the white kids don’t want to play with you because you are not really white.

    • Michael Smith says:

      My wife is Malaysian, of Chinese origin. I am a generic English descended Australian. Our son is mixed (obviously) but many of the kids at his school have origins around the Mediterranean, so he fits right in.

      Once we were on the train in Kuala Lumpur and a couple of younger men started to sling abuse at my wife in Cantonese. It was for her ears, not mine and she told me about it after we got off the train, to avoid a scene.

      In Malaysia you can still buy Darlie toothpaste…

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darlie

      …and everybody knows the name is actually “Darkie”.

      The fact is we are hard coded to apply prejudice to appearance, even though we suppress the urge in a few cases.

      Best of luck to this girl.

  65. Anonymous says:

    My parents are from China and I am born and live in Mauritius (Africa). We are not bullied but we have little chance of getting a job in the Public sector (Indians). In the private sector, owned mostly by White people (france) we can get jobs but we cannot be promoted to the Top management post. I do not think China is worse than anywhere on this Planet. We are all racists.

  66. forgeweld says:

    Yes, we have race problems in the U.S., but to draw an equivalency with China is absurd. They don’t think too highly of European races and black people are considered subhuman. I have crouched behind upturned cafe tables with African students in China while a couple of hundred enraged Chinese students hurled rocks and broke every window in the place. They were enraged that a dance party (a very tame dance party) had taken place where Chinese girls were dancing with African boys.

  67. Jaotsu says:

    In many Asian countries, having dark skin means that you are not educated or privileged. This idea comes from the nobility and upper social classes.

    Lower socio-economic classes and less educated people had to work in the fields or outside, thus their skin was darker. So having lighter skin, meant you worked indoors because you were educated or privileged.

    Over the centuries, that is why lighter skin became more desirable. It was to try and show people that you had more class.

    In America, having a tan became desirable because it meant that you were an outdoor type – sporty, fun loving, adventurous. This started in the 20th century. Before the tan was popular, the ideal of having lighter skin was the same as the Asians.

  68. beejamin says:

    Chocolate girl sounds like a nice enough nickname to me! “Your skin looks like delicious chocolate” – how is that nasty?

  69. failix says:

    “people called her gross and ugly and criticized her mother for having sex with a black person out of wedlock.”

    That kind of stuff just makes me want to cry…

  70. Poliron says:

    Beautiful girl , I hope she can use this not-so-good attention to rise above all this!

  71. Marchhare says:

    @Gloria

    Canada and the US are far ahead of Scandinavia (and Europe generally) on racial integration. I mean, Middle-Eastern people changing their names to “Svensson” or the like so that they can get a job interview isn’t unusual there. In nearly every other regard Scandinavia is better for anyone not upper-middle-class or richer.

    • Gloria says:

      @Marchhare: Good point. I was mentioning Scandinavia as I was thinking of other things like health care, education, transportation, outdoors, etc. — not so much the diversity, which is confusing considering the discussion!

      I do have an inkling of the racial homogeneity there. As for Europe generally, I remember when I was 13, I noted the exact number of Asians I ran into in France (hint: less than one).

      Don’t get me wrong; I’m pretty thankful for the diversity here, and the good rate of easy-goingness overall. And I know that I’m in a privileged position, being in a huge urban centre; understandably rural areas are less diverse, and small-town Ontario is chock full of super nice people, but it’s not the most mixed group.

  72. Anonymous says:

    It’s a pity people called her names. She looks like a beautiful, self-confident young woman who should never have to endure the world’s stupidity.

    Then again, it’s never been a question that the world has plenty of stupidity to go around.

  73. Anonymous says:

    she did not choice the way she was born but she is here and i think she is beautiful and has a bright future ahead of her and she is chinese even if they deny her that