Lou Jing was born in Shanghai, China, to a Chinese mother and a Black father who she has never met. She asked her mother about the absent father when she was 16. Her mother broke into tears and the question was not brought up again. Apparently some bad habits persist despite the separation of thousands of square miles of ocean.
Lou Jing is pretty and subtly exotic, but leans more toward her father’s phenotype.
It’s really strange hearing a black girl speak Mandarin, chirpy and high-pitched, like all the skinny Asian girls do on the local access Chinese TV stations here in Los Angeles. There’s a dissonance. I have to rub my eyes.
Even though Lou Jing has escaped egregious amounts of racism in her homogeneous and ethnocentric homeland, she has nevertheless been on the receiving end of sporadic demeaning barbs directed at her unusual background. The typical chorus of overly bold internet anonymous haters told her she never should have been born and that she should get out of China. The predictable stuff.