Here is another post from the series “Ask Chinese Girls” featuring the translated answers of Chinese netizens to the question asked by LoveLoveChina readers (through Formspring).
This time the question is directly related to inter-racial dating and sounds like that: “Would Chinese girl date a Black guy?”
However, before posting in forums, I slightly changed the question to (1) make it more personal and (2) allow Chinese guys also express their opinion (although in the end most respondents anyway were females).
So the final formula was: “Can you imagine yourself dating a black person?”
- Ethnically, China is very homogeneous – Han Chinese constitute about 92% of China’s total population. Such homogeneity can be one of the reasons for what is seen as racism of Chinese people – topic which has been lively discussed in our forums.
- One of the recent incidents in which Chinese people could face their own attitude towards Black people was the case of Lou Jing – half-Black Chinese girl who participated in singing competition and became a topic of discussions in Chinese forums with many comments being highly abusive and racist.
- Often remark brought into discussions about prejudice to black-skinned people is that Chinese have a clear preference for pale complexion and can go great lengths in order to have whiter skin.
Note: There were a total of 24 answers and even though some of them were short (like “Yes” or “Not”). I decided to post all of them so that you can evaluate the approximate proportions.
Although it sounds strange when we think of it, if you have feelings to each other it might be normal.
Dating a Black guy should be very interesting.
Where are you from? [From Crystal – such response can be explained by the fact that my question sounded strange and unusual for Chinese forums]
No, I cannot.
When destiny finds you, nothing is impossible. It’s the same as when Chinese marry foreigners. Black people are also people. [From Crystal – pay attention that respondent puts Black people in the category separate from “Chinese” and “foreigners”. Indeed, when we – Chinese – talk about foreigners or Westerners, if not said otherwise we almost always mean “white”]
It’s not a bad idea to date once or twice, but a serious relationship is almost impossible.
I can imagine. The future child might be brown.
Cannot imagine. Feels horrible.
In this world nothing is impossible.
When love comes, it doesn’t matter if he is black or white.
This question is interesting. In fact, abroad Black people are valued much higher than our Asian men. They think that White people are number one, Black are second, Latino are third, Mexican are fourth and Asian are the last. Because Asian men are not sexy, not energetic and not humorous. Abroad there is no race in love. Key point is the feeling and whether they can get along with each other. How can one eliminate or choose a person because of skin colour? Of course, if you can’t accept, it’s (also) absolutely OK.
Is Obama also black? He is president!
But we Chinese still can’t accept someone from another race or someone very different from ourselves. (Non-Chinese) Asian men are easiest to accept as we belong to the same culture. If they are White, it’s also comparatively easy to accept cause their culture is spread all over the world. If they are Black, we would have resistance both phisically and spiritually.
We need more contact. If the feeling is good – it will be also OK. But it might take some time.
Yes. Because (I) can love someone who looks black, but cannot love a man who is black inside.
If they love each other – why not? Do you need to measure love by nationality?
Unbearable… Black skin and body are too different from ours, Easterners.
My friend! Are you OK? How can you even ask such question?
No, because I don’t like Black people.
I can’t imagine.
I have never thought of it. It’s horrible.
Well, if he was Iverson, I would say yes.
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