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Chinese High School Students Reflect on Anti-African Discrimination in Guangzhou

It’s been almost five months since a spate of anti-African discrimination erupted in Guangzhou, home to the largest overseas African population in Asia. Back in April, amid mounting fears of a COVID-19 outbreak in the southern Chinese, dozens, possibly hundreds of African residents were evicted from their homes and hotels and forced onto the streets with nowhere to go.

Videos, photos and other accounts of the events filled social media feeds in Africa and sparked widespread outrage that still lingers today.

In July, a group of five Chinese high school students, most from the eastern city of Suzhou near Shanghai, traveled to Guangzhou to find out what, if anything, has changed since April in terms of relations between African residents and the local population.

They recorded their experience for a short-form documentary “Africans in Guangzhou: Misunderstanding, Discrimination and Communication” that they published in August on YouTube and the Chinese video sharing platform Bilibili.

Two of the film’s producers, Chen Xingbei and Xiao Kaiyuan who are both rising seniors at The Overseas Chinese Academy of Chiway Suzhou, join Eric & Cobus to discuss their new film and to share their impressions of the current state of Chinese-African community relations in Guangzhou.

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