Leroy Adams

Leroy Adams

Leroy Adams is a contributor to Inkstone. He is Black American and a co-founder of BLK GEN, a creative edutainment brand founded in Beijing. He’s an avid traveler and culture enthusiast. When he’s not

working on BLK GEN events, traveling or studying culture, he’s most likely reading a book.

What is it like to be Black in China?
China is a country plagued by racism. To be Black or African in China is to be labeled unintelligent, dangerous, unattractive, or to see an empty seat next to you on a crowded subway. To deny any acts of neo-colonialism in its dealings with African countries, China has, in recent years, repeatedly said it views them as partners, not recipients of charity. But this is not consistent with the way China treats African and Black people. The 2018 CCTV gala, an annual variety show, showed us that China views Africa as a helpless place in desperate need of China’s altruism. During the Spring Festival broadcast, which draws 800 million viewers, a Chinese woman parades on stage in blackface wearing a