I think I mentioned before that a MySpace friend recently moved to China to pursue her dream of living there, learning the language and finding love.
Needless to saying she’s living and loving it. When she gets a breather she posts updates but they are far and few between.
So, I will have to ask her about two articles I came across the other day.
The first is Euphoria Luv’s link to a Time magazine article about a young Blasian (African and Chinese) girl competing in China’s version of American Idol. The young lady had been getting worldwide buzz not because of her pretty voice but because she is obviously biracial in a monoracial society. To make matters worse she was conceived through an affair her mother had with an African American male who soon left the country (reasons not revealed). Then to top it off her mother was married to a Chinese guy at the time who left his wife when the child came out looking obviously black.
Yeah. Damn. If the Guiding Light was kicking out a story like this maybe it would still be on the air.
Her story brought attention to the show but in an ethnocentric culture it also brought out the racists with people reproving Lou Jing’s dark skin over the preferred fair coloring and objecting to her participation because she of mixed race, not full Chinese. They even disparaged Lou Jing’s mother for her infidelity.
“As China continues to open up, this kind of phenomenon will become ever more prevalent,” says David Zweig, a professor of humanities and social sciences at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology to Time Magazine. “This is part of the process of internationalization, but we can only hope that Chinese people, including netizens and the people whose views tend towards extremism, can come to accept that there are many mixed-race people, both in China and worldwide.”
I hope this story continues with an addendum on this side of the world, maybe seeing Lou Jing come to the U.S and gets reunited with her father and her mother getting the back child support she is long overdue.
Really. They have nothing better to do than to spy on a lovely couple enjoying their morning train ride? Maybe they should just learn to ride the wave because with Chinese men outnumbering Chinese women intermarrying with different races may be the fastest way to bring balance back. Ethnocentrism be damned.