Growing number of African-American China experts work to gain recognition, puncture stereotypes

Apr 19, 2021 | INVESTING

US congressional staffer Mark Akpaninyie, an African-American, had clumps of his hair hoarded as souvenirs. Think tank analyst Bryce Barros was told his skin was too dark to be an American. Technology expert Shirley Hargis was asked if she was Beyoncé. Blacks living in China faced their share of jarring interactions, whether motivated by prejudice, racism or ignorance. Hargis, deputy manager of the China Technology Transfer & Emerging Technologies at civic group CRDF Global, said that while…

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