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[Mothership] Chinese donning blackface not racist by Chinese standards: Chinese expert in Africa studies

In the Spring Festival gala that was broadcast to over 800 million viewers on Feb. 14, a skit has sparked widespread criticism for using a Chinese actress with blackface to portray an African person. Chinese woman in blackface pretends to be African, declares ‘I love China’ In addition, prosthetic add-ons were also used to exaggerate the size of her breasts and buttocks, and the monkey next to her was played by a black actor. Advertisement What’s wrong with blackface? So, why are people offended over China’s use of blackface? In case you need a little reminder, blackface — using make-up to lampoon black people — is a practice that’s seen by many as deeply offensive, especially by those in western countries. As to why people think it’s racist, it’s due to the history of minstrel shows in the US and Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries, where white actors would paint their ...

Full article: https://mothership.sg/2018/02/china-blackface/

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