4.04.2012

Another Black Woman in China Doing Her Thing

In a previous post on African women appearing on Chinese TV, I wrote a bit on the Zimbabwean CCTV news anchor Vimbayi Kajesi and  Fauziyya Shehu Balarabe, a Nigerian woman who speaks Mandarin fluently and has appeared on a few local shows. Since writing that post, I've come across a few more Black women who living in China and breaking stereotypes that may be held about Black women just by being themselves.


Meet Marsha, Marsha is a Political Science major at the University of South Florida who has been studying Mandarin for 3 years and currently lives in China. She has also appeared on Chinese TV several times. I can't recall how I started following Marsha's blog, Marsha in Asia but I remember enjoying her insights on living in China and found her posts to be intelligent. Between posts on dodging reporters and public performances, Marsha also writes about her day to day experiences giving insight on her life as a Black woman living in China whether it is working out or hanging out with friends or dealing with crushes.

I was also fascinated reading her accounts on appearing on shows to perform. IIRC, she's been on singing shows and also performs xiansheng.

It took me a while to write this post as I've just recently come across a video of her in performance and I'm still in awe. Xiansheng is
sometimes translated as crosstalk, is a traditional Chinese comedic performance in the form of a dialogue between two performers, or, much less often, a solo monologue or, even less frequently, a multi-player talk show. The language, rich in puns and allusions, is delivered in a rapid, bantering style. Xiangsheng is one of China's foremost and most popular performing arts, and is typically performed in the Tianjin dialect (or in Standard Chinese with a strong Northern Chinese accent).
Here is a video of Marsha performing xiansheng.


Even without understanding Mandarin, I think it's pretty clear that Marsha awesome. Marsha is going to appear on this glitzy show next and I'm seriously rooting for her.

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Somewhat unrelated to this post but still on the same vein of Black women in China. I've noticed that a lot, and I mean a lot, of stuff fly past our radar because they are not in English. And going by Marsha's blog, there are other Black women who appear on Chinese TV singing and performing but I imagine those of us who aren't in China or speak and understand Mandarin won't be knowing about those women any time soon...welp.

For example, a while ago I came across a video from Youku, of a Chinese man proposing to his African girlfriend. The video is entirely in Mandarin, I couldn't really understand what was going on (like why was there such a crowd? Are these people popular? What's with the banners? etc). Luckily, I've found the video again so here;



I noticed there were 3 comments in English on the main site but most of the comments are in Chinese. Judging from the English comments there must have been some racist comments, for some reason I want to know what the Chinese comments say. (Someone send this video to ChinaSmack?)

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  1. For the proposal video...

    If you view the vid in google chrome, the page may ask you if you want it translated and if you click yes, most of the page and comments are translated for you. The comments are "Off-the'chain"...the video was very lovely and it is a shame how narrow and closed minded people are.
    You may only get to see the 1st/2nd page but you will get the jest of what the comments are like.

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    1. What a beautiful couple,

      It's is terrible how people cannot see past one's race,but at the end of the day it's about them and I'm quite sure they could care less about bigots like those on the clip.

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    3. The man is obviously crazy about her but the people in the comments are too busy being bigots too notice.

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  2. He's such a cutie! The comments don't surprise me. If she were a white chick there probably wouldn't have been as much drama. I'm learning to avoid the comment section on anything that involves black women. I wind up feeling sick after reading them. Yet again, Thank You Eccentric for the amazing clips.

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    1. " I'm learning to avoid the comment section on anything that involves black women."

      I run away from comment sections now. Literally there are about 3 blogs that I feel safe reading the comments section. Blasian Narrative, At The Bar, and Ars Marginal. I refuse to clutter my mind with hate directed at me and people that look like me. *shrug* Life be like that sometimes.

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  3. Love the vids...And no I will avoid the comments. *sigh*

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  4. Wow! He got her good. She had no words to even say yes.lol. She had to just hold out her FINGER! Anyway, I read some of the comments and they really are aweful. Some people said black people were an inferior product of God and others said blacks were stupid and that they would infect the IQ of the nation if interbred. It makes me sick. It really hurts because I don't understand hatred for a group of people these people never even bothered to talk to.

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  5. And all the balloons go into the trees.... LOL, please tell me they at least planned that!

    I fear a public proposal, but still. =D

    This post made me VERY excited, two characters in my future play are going to be a couple like this. Wish I new more about how these two met...

    Again, thanks be to Ankh!

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  6. What a beautiful couple and how sweet. Her crying almost made me cry. I wish the first video has subs because it looked so funny.

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  7. I'm asian and I hate how asian people think they hit the jackpot when they marry someone white but the opposite if it's someone black :(. Anyway, this couple looks perfect together.

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  8. Though I'm technically on hiatus from the internet in April, I'm a sucker for true love. I love seeing other people in love and not having any reservations about expressing that love in public. OMG, he's confessing his love and there are tears in his voice because he's so overwhelmed! His friends rock, too. They're both so beautiful and I wish them all the happiness in the universe. There are few things in life more satisfying than growing old with the person you love. **feels warm and cuddly inside**

    As for the racists, could we just leave them out of further discussions of Blasian love? People who leave comments on the internet have no bearing on this couple's future happiness. Focusing on the haters won't make them hate less. It just serves to waste our time and energy.

    Thank you, EccentricYoruba! See you all in May!

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    1. As for the racists, could we just leave them out of further discussions of Blasian love? People who leave comments on the internet have no bearing on this couple's future happiness. Focusing on the haters won't make them hate less. It just serves to waste our time and energy.

      True! I should have made it clearer that the reason I was interested in the comments was to know more about the couple in the video. Thanks to Anthony C we have some more information on that.

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  9. I'm also following Marsha's blog on wordpress. She has an amazing sense of humor and is extremely open and honest about her experiences in China. She's so adorable and bubbly. He blog is really addictive. She seems really down to earth and I bet she's a lot of fun to be around. (I love her afro as well.)

    Ankh put a link to her blog on the Narratives Facebook page, so make sure you check it out <3

    See you in May Hateya!

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  10. I just noticed Eccentricyoruba included the link to Marsha's blog in this post! lol Still, follow her blog <3

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  11. anonymous J

    Been following Marsha's blog for awhile. Love it.

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  12. Oh yeah I remember that video there is a part 2 of it here
    http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMjc3MjEyNTY0.html

    and according to google translate (lol) their names are Yaxing and Ruth she is from Kenya and is learning Chinese and it's children's day too.

    found more info here
    http://www.tieku.org/369507/7.html

    No need to thank me

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    1. Yes Anthony C! Thank you, this was the sort of information I wanted a gleam of from the comments in Chinese (i.e their names and where they are from, though I guessed she was East African from her face)

      No need to thank me

      It's too late for that :D

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    2. Thanks Anthony C! And again, thank you eccentricyoruba for the clips. You always manage to find really interesting information!

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  13. Considering how China's one-child rule has skewed the male-female ration because of sex-selective abortions, this man is doing the smart thing by marrying this beautiful foreign woman. Meanwhile, his buddies have to either compete for the few available women or settle for prostitutes & porn.

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  14. How wonderful to see two people celebrating their love! Haters are gonna hate, what can you do but just keep on being awesome anyway.

    How sweet that he is so open about his love!! Yay love!!!

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  15. As for Marsha, her Mandarin is excellent! And it appears that this xiangsheng was written especially for the two of them, as it focuses on her foreignness and her ability to outwit Chinese people using their own culture.

    I also am a black woman who speaks fairly decent Mandarin and lives in China. I've only been studying about a year and a half, so my Chinese isn't as good as Marsha's, but I was on TV not too long ago. Here's a link to it: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNDM2NjUxODA0.html?firsttime=331 I start at the 55 minute mark in case it doesn't jump to it automatically. Yay for black women doing China the right way!

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  16. Also, I just watched the proposal video. I'm not sure if anyone has bothered to translate the comments, but... I'm actually a little in tears as I type this. I just read the first one, which I will reproduce and translate here:

    [vomiting face] 尼玛,你这样的动物级别去非洲等于回归了大自然。整个民族的改变你能把责任都推给女人么?看看你说的话你要娶的不是老婆 而是佣人保姆,还要对你忠一贤妻良母,你对中国女人苛刻 对你自己是怎么要求的?家里红旗不倒 外面红旗飘飘 包123奶还不许有意见?你这是暴力行为,自私自利!我们中华文明道德在你心里还存在吗?你的行为你的言论思想 照成的结果不仅仅失去了 美好传统 美好文化 还失去了 美好生活和快乐的生活,你最后只能 推脱责任选择逃避 @对着月亮说靠:兄弟们都娶黑人姑娘吧!至少她们身材好(长相看你的眼光) 不拜金 忠诚老公! 而且特别能干活!我不否认以前的中国女性也很优秀

    "Shit, you with this animal might as well go to Africa and return to the jungle. You think you can give up your culture and give all the responsibility to a woman? Looking at what you're saying this isnt a wife you're marrying , it's a servant girl, and you want her to swear fidelity, you are harsh on chinese women, would you expect the same for yourself? The home flag is still flying, it's fluttering out there too, you going to give all your mistresses a say? This is violence, selfishness! Are the principles of our great Chinese Civilisation in your heart? The way you conduct yourself shows that you have lost it all, our beautiful culture and traditions, as well as a happy life. All that is left is to give up your choices and responsibilities, stand in the light of the moon and say "Brothers, lets all marry black girls! as long as they have good bodies (each to their own), they don't worship money, and are loyal to their husbands! they are great laborers too! I won't deny that Chinese women were good in the past."

    I know it's a real drag to read stuff like this, but unfortunately racism is alive and well in China, far more than it is in the states. Far, far more. I deal with a lot of intentional and accidental racist remarks, which often discourage me from pursuing local guys. Even if they're willing to see me in a romantic light (which is a lot to ask of many of them), many will never be able to get over the social ostracization they would have to suffer to date someone with darker skin.

    Though I will say the positives outweigh the negatives, overall. I love my life in China and maybe one day I'll have a love life in China.

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    1. Welcome to the narrative Char, just watched your video can you tell me what was happening? What questions were they asking you?

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    2. Welcome Char! I loved the color you were wearing in the clip! <3

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  17. Even if they're willing to see me in a romantic light (which is a lot to ask of many of them), many will never be able to get over the social ostracization they would have to suffer to date someone with darker skin.

    If you and a potential mate shared enough chemicals, hormones and pheromones, love could spring forth. A man in this state wouldn't care if he lost a little to gain a fortune, YOU!

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