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The Stereotypes Are Untrue – Africans Are Not Lazy, Greedy, or Deceitful

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Mainstream Chinese perceptions of Africa and Africans are largely very rudimentary, even crude in some instances. In fact, many of the caricatures that are now widely seen in Chinese media are reminiscent of the blatant racism that was prevalent in 20th-century Western movies and television shows that depicted African people as lazy, greedy, and untrustworthy.

Or, in other instances such as the hugely popular 2017 Wolf Warrior II blockbuster movie, African people in the film were little more than background props.

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