Follow CGSP on Social Media

Listen to the CGSP Podcast

Q&A: What’s It Like to be Black in China?

After the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer and the subsequent Black Lives Matter protests across the United States, Chinese multimedia journalist Daisy Xu wanted to find out more about how her compatriots regard Black people in China. This is an especially poignant issue given the spasm of anti-Black discrimination that occurred in April in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou where African and other Black residents were evicted from their homes and hotels and forced to sleep out on the streets for several days.

“While the global conversation on race is booming, China is just beginning its own mainstream debate,” she said in her report that revealed a far more complex portrait of Chinese-Black race relations than what is widely perceived by outsiders.

  • Get a daily email packed with the latest China-Africa news and analysis.
  • Read exclusive insights on the key trends shaping China-Africa relations.
  • Full access to the News Feed that provides daily updates on Chinese engagement in Africa and throughout the Global South.

China, Africa and the Global South... find out what’s happening.

Subscribe today for unlimited access.

What is The China-Global South Project?


The China-Global South Project is passionately independent, non-partisan and does not advocate for any country, company or culture.


A carefully curated selection of the day’s most important China-Global South stories. Updated 24 hours a day by human editors. No bots, no algorithms.


Diverse, often unconventional insights from scholars, analysts, journalists and a variety of stakeholders in the China-Global South discourse.


A unique professional network of China-Africa scholars, analysts, journalists and other practioners from around the world.