Racial Tensions in Guangzhou, China

With twelve million inhabitants, Guangzhou, in southern China, is the third largest city after Shanghai and Beijing. Like the rest of globalised China, it attracts people from all over the world, among them many Africans. They are drawn there for trade and business, exporting low-cost Chinese products to Africa. Unfortunately, many of them struggle to integrate into Chinese society, where prejudices still run deep. Even if Africans speak fluent Mandarin, they are not always welcome in Guangzhou.

The so-called 'Africatown' has sprung up in the heart of Guangzhou, where everything from restaurants to nightclubs and hairdressers has been Africanised. It seems to have gone too far for some Chinese, who are overtly racist towards the black population. Coexistence between the communities is difficult and tensions are on the rise. Africans and Chinese are often involved in fights, and those Africans who are arrested complain of brutal treatment by the police. 

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France 24

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