Over the last couple of years, several incidents have ignited viral debates over race and racism in the Africa-China relations. The CCTV 2018 New Year’s Gala ‘blackface’ is the latest, and perhaps, the most controversial. These viral debates emerge in a context in which representation through new media has allowed for a complex and contested repopulation of SinoAfrican mediascapes. In this paper, part of wider research project, I trace the ways in which blackness has been imagined and represented in China/Hong Kong through the analysis of three (colonial and postcolonial) cinematic moments. Looking at filmic representation beyond Hollywood is crucial to understand how contemporary Chinese people (in different ‘Chinese’ polities) think of and imagine blackness. These ways of imagining shed important light on incidents like the CCTV Gala and on contemporary debates over racism in Africa-China relations.
|Publication status||Published - Aug 2019|
|Event||Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society Conference 2019: Fluid Circuits: Cultures of Knowledge After the Digital Turn - Silliman University, Dumaguete City, Philippines|
Duration: 1 Aug 2019 → 3 Aug 2019
|Conference||Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society Conference 2019|
|Abbreviated title||IACS 2019|
|Period||1/08/19 → 3/08/19|