Patriarchal Racism: The Convergence of Anti-blackness and Gender Tensions on Chinese Social Media

Benson Zhou, CSCC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania

12:00pm - 1:15pm | Virtual talk

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This talk addresses the interactions of anti-blackness and domestic gender tensions on Chinese social media. It starts by probing how a general opposition to loosening immigration policy has turned into a backlash against black people in the context of an online movement. It follows by delving into Chinese social media users’ mediated interactions with interracial couples on Douyin in everyday contexts. By introducing the perspective of “multiple triangulations,” this study focuses on examining discussions of four types of interracial relationships on Douyin: black women and Chinese men, black men and Chinese women, white women and Chinese men, white men and Chinese women. This approach complicates why Chinese social media users have been rejecting blackness in a potentially mixed-race China in relation to whiteness, and illuminates how they have encoded China’s gender tensions in marriages in anti-black discourses. This research also highlights the race-blind digital infrastructure and the dynamic connotations of anti-black racism in contemporary China.