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China’s plan to relax immigration rules spurs all sorts of hateful comments from nationalistic Chinese

In a move to attract overseas professionals, China’s Ministry of Justice has unveiled a set of regulations designed to expand the scope of foreigners eligible for permanent residency in the country. The draft legislation has been met with fierce opposition underpinned by racism, xenophobia, and misogyny.

“I don’t want to see China becoming a country like America in a hundred of years, a place where people of different colors live together,” a Weibo user wrote (in Chinese), adding that if the labor force is seriously depleted, China should completely abandon its family-planning policies to boost its birth rate instead of easing its immigration restrictions.

The news amplified racism against black people living in China. One of the most disturbingly bigoted comments on Weibo reads (in Chinese), “I’m strongly against introducing black people to our country. It scares me thinking about our offspring being mixed with black.”

To make things worse, an army of misogynists who fear that foreign men would “steal” Chinese women from them found a sneaky way to insert their prejudice into the discourse. Gathering around the hashtag #中国女孩 (zhōngguó nǚhái, “Chinese girls”), they made overly sentimental promises to protect Chinese women from what they saw as “intruders.”

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Jiayun Feng

Jiayun was born in Shanghai, where she spent her first 20 years and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Fudan University. Interested in writing for a global audience, she attended the NYU Graduate School of Journalism for its Global & Joint Program Studies, which allowed her to pursue a journalism career along with her interest in international relations. She has previously interned for Sixth Tone and Shanghai Daily.

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  1. Steven Trinh Reply

    I am Chinese American. China should not relaxed immigration policy for non-Chinese. It’s best to stay the same race because different races (white, Black, Asain) has different thinking and that could lead to conflicts among races.

    United states has mixed race and often times can lead to conflict among the races. Also, Please don’t let the Jewish elites control your government policy just like Jewish control United States of America. Jewish elite likes to create race conflict among the White, Black and Asian in the United States.

    I have been living in the United states for over 30 years, and still feel unwelcome living in the United States because I am Chinese American.

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