Reply to "New "Africa edition" of China Daily part of Chinese media influence on the continent"

It was a 30-minute documentary I saw on ... (I want to say it was) the Discovery Channel (it's been while ) ... where they took cameras into various "ghettos" throughout China and showed how the African immigrants there were living!!

 

In it, they interviewed both Chinese and African people ... and basically, the Africans felt slighted - although I found that strange because most admitted that they had not come because they had been offered jobs or a good livelihood ... but just because they thought they could find it there because the Chinese were spending so much money within Africa, that they just assumed the situation would be reciprocal!!  

 

The Chinese, on the other hand, had the attitude that the Africans weren't really liked nor wanted there.  They didn't deserve any "good" treatment (i.e., to live in the inner cities or really mix freely in the country!) ... but, that because the various goods and products that the Africans were having imported there to sell were of good/high quality ... they would come into their areas and be willing to buy.  But ... they didn't want to pay full-price (as they would in stores in the Beijing!).  So, they patronized the "marketplaces" the Africans set up to take advantage of lower prices.

 

In the end .... most Africans said they didn't like it there .. and wished they hadn't come.  But for many, they had no way to make it back home or said "home" wasn't much better than where they were.  

 

They also spoke of having to pay bribes to Chinese policemen in order not to be shut down or have their inventory confiscated.

 

But, for me ... it simply solidified my belief that .... nobody likes Black people.  No matter where they are.  We're always the least respected ... and most maligned people there.  

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