This ethnography describes how Black people adapt to life in China and how they deal with the various meanings imposed on their bodies by Chinese society. In five chapters, I describe why Black people move to China, how they form relationships and find communities, and how Black people interact with Chinese society. In China, one’s Blackness is salient because it is the defining attribute that sets people of African origin apart. Moreover, even though most Black expatriates are only in China for a temporary period, there are more Black people traveling to China overall, creating a critical mass to demonstrate counter-narratives to meanings imposed on their Black bodies by Chinese society. I explain how Black expatriates are finding ways, through joint community efforts that include Black and non-Black people alike, to not only survive in China, but to thrive as well.
Kerr, Myhana M., "Black in Beijing: How Transient Black Foreigners Create Community in China" (2018). Anthropology Honors Projects. 32.
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