A Complicated History of Han Chinese Anti-Blackness

A Complicated History of Han Chinese Anti-Blackness. (Medium) Frankie Huang reflects on the relationship between Han chauvinism, white supremacy, and anti-Blackness. Previously, Eileen Huang (no relationship) calls out the Asian-American community to reflect on the contributions of Black activists to Asian-American civil rights.

I used to attribute the desire for White adjacency as what causes Han Chinese people to side with White Americans in denouncing escalated Black Lives Matter protests. But in context with Han chauvinism, which continues to influence the Chinese government’s policies more and more, it must be easy for them to see reason in defending the status quo in order to uphold peace and order, even at the expense of a marginalized group’s dignity and rights. As of this year in China, 1 million Uyghurs (a Turkic-speaking Muslim minority) are in concentration camps, Hong Kong has just been stripped of its political independence, and Taiwan is regularly intimidated with the threat of military offensive, all justified in the name of the greater good… for the Han majority. (Both Taiwan and Hong Kong have Han-majority populations, but their political deviation from the CCP is what causes them to be labeled as threats to a harmonic Han-led reign by the Chinese government.) The thing that so disturbs me is the way so many Han Chinese people in China and in the United States support these actions, or regard them as necessary sacrifices for the good of a Han majority-dominated nation.

Such acquiescence for the Chinese government’s cruel actions does not exist in a vacuum; it is a powerful sentiment that makes it feel reasonable to support the American government’s cruelty against Black people, particularly when it seemingly has no negative impact on the success of the Han Chinese community, or may even help it. This isn’t White adjacency so much as a confluence of kindred beliefs.

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