“What is the difference between white people mocking Asians?”… Chinese Chinese New Year TV show, controversy over’deprecation of black people’

Performers dressed as African blacks are dancing on CCTV Chunwan, which aired on the 11th. [사진= 유튜브 스크린샷][이미지출처 = 연합뉴스]

Performers dressed as African blacks are dancing on CCTV Chunwan, which aired on the 11th. [사진= 유튜브 스크린샷][이미지출처 = 연합뉴스]

[아시아경제 최은영 기자] Chinese state broadcasters are being criticized for’racism’ by appearing dancers dressed as blacks in a special program for the Lunar New Year (春節, Chinese New Year). This broadcast has been criticized once for being a black-and-white comedy using monkeys.

On the night of the 11th, on the CCTV broadcast’Chunwan’, performers dressed in African-style costumes and painted black skin appeared and danced.

When this appearance hit the radio wave, many places in China accused him of “‘Chun-wan’ again performed a black-and-white comedy.” Black Livity China, a black group, responded by saying “very disappointed” through social network service (SNS).

Another group, China Caucus, also criticized “Chunwan again has a blackface as it does every year. Unfortunately, it is an annual tradition with no signs of an end in a short time.” “I hope next year the organizers will end this practice and directly appoint black people in China.”

According to Reuters, a Weibo user pointed out, “What’s the difference between a Chinese wearing a black dress and a white raising his eyes to ridicule an Asian?”

Scene from Chun Wan's skit, the Chinese national CCTV's Chinese New Year TV show [AP=연합뉴스][이미지출처 = 연합뉴스]

Scene from Chun Wan’s skit, the Chinese national CCTV’s Chinese New Year TV show [AP=연합뉴스][이미지출처 = 연합뉴스]

It is known that this is not the first time the controversy about racism in’Chun-wan’ has been criticized further. In 2018, CCTV also caused a lot of controversy with the comedy that appeared with monkeys as the cast dressed up as black African.

Meanwhile, more than 1 billion people watch the special show’Chunwan’, which airs about 5 hours every year in China the night before the Lunar New Year. Satellite broadcasting in each region also broadcasts CCTV Chunwan. In particular, China is making enormous investments in Africa and making efforts to expand its influence, and the Chinese New Year program also highlights its relationship with Africa.

Intern reporter Choi Eun-young [email protected]

Source: 아시아경제신문 실시간 속보 by www.asiae.co.kr.

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