User Comments - Afaa
Posted on: The Black Spectrum of MeaningFebruary 15, 2010, 06:57 PM
It's the lack of acknowledgment at times, walking along in Hong Kong and having Africans turn away when you pass. It doesn't always happen (which we can say about any of this). The mistake many people make is to assume African Americans "are" African or that there is an instant rapport. It's not so. I have my African friends, including the lady who gave me my African name, but we black Americans are perceived very often as "other," or to be avoided entirely because we are all hip hop gangsters--another kind of prejudice which can be more hurtful than racism depending on your worldview. It's complicated, which has nothing to do with the recent movie by the same title...:-)
Posted on: The Black Spectrum of MeaningFebruary 15, 2010, 04:48 AM
I am an African American and have been to Beijing and Kunming a few times and have lived in Taiwan on several occasions. I have had very awkward moments in both China and Taiwan, but never the outright hostility and sense of danger even that I experience at home in the States. I live in the Boston area, which is somewhat notorious for its racism. As an African American I have my own experiences with people from Africa while in Asia, a history with its own pain.