The surprise success of “Black Panther” in China came despite a persistent media narrative with ugly implications.
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This essay lays out the primary reasons we shouldn’t necessarily think of Chinese people as racist. They have been propagandized by decades of Western pop culture to believe Black people are lazy, violent, and a burden on American society. But the foundation, of some of their reactions to Black Panther, is something very different.
There is anti-blackness in China, but it’s something that’s been exported to nations that have very different relationships to Black people. The population of Black people in China is at best, negligible, so widespread anti- blackness would also be kind of rare. Many of the Chinese attitudes about color spring from their own cultural backgrounds.