This list will include all known notable or prominent Chinese and Black Blasians in the public eye. Since the number of Blasians is growing rapidly, keeping up with all the notable Blasians is challenging, so I appreciate readers letting me know of prominent Chinese and Black Blasians that may be missing from the list. After validating any new suggestions, I will update the list with any new entries. Note that for this list, we only include Blasians who are at least 50% Asian. Blacks, particularly American Blacks, are frequently mixed with other races, so this list may include Blasians with Black parents who are mixed. The list is roughly in order of age to the extent that their age is known. Unlike other Asian countries, most of China’s interaction with Blacks has been with Africans in Africa and African descendants in the Caribbean, although 2nd and 3rd generation Chinese Americans are starting to couple more with African Americans in recent times. Other notable Blasians with an Asian parent other than Chinese will be published separately.
1. Nell Vera Lowe, Chinese father and Jamaican mother
The story of Nell Vera Lowe (b. Nov 15, 1918 – d. Apr 22, 2006) is beautifully chronicled in the independent film documentary “Finding Samuel Lowe: From Harlem to China”. The story of this film is described below and the film trailer can be seen at findingsamuellowe.com/trailer or at this prior post on Asian and Black Couples In The Movies.
“Three successful black siblings from Harlem discover their heritage by searching for clues about their long-lost Chinese grandfather, Samuel Lowe.
Retired NBC Universal executive Paula Williams Madison and her brothers, Elrick and Howard Williams, were raised in Harlem by their Chinese Jamaican mother, Nell Vera Lowe. Nell encouraged them to realize the rags-to-riches American dream, resulting in their growth from welfare recipients to wealthy entrepreneurs. In order to fulfill a promise to their mother to connect to her estranged father’s people, they embark on journey to uncover their ancestral roots.
The three travel to the Toronto Hakka Chinese Conference where they connect to members of the Chinese Jamaican community. As the mystery of their grandfather’s life unfolds, the trio travels to Jamaica, learning that their grandfather had a life there similar to their own, starting with humble beginnings in Mocho, Clarendon Parish, and ending with successful business ownership in the affluent St. Ann’s Bay. But in 1933, he left Jamaica, returning to China for good.
Taking family tree research to an epic proportion, the siblings and 16 of their family members travel to two Chinese cities, ShenZhen and GuangZhou. Together, they visit their family’s ancestral village, finding documented lineage that dates their family back 3,000 years to 1006 BC. The trip culminates in an emotional and unforgettable family reunion with 300 of their grandfather’s Chinese descendants.
At its heart, this is a story about familial love and devotion that transcends race, space and time.”
2. Mona Hammond, Chinese father and Afro Jamaican mother
Mona Hammond (born Mavis Chin, 1931) OBE, is a Chinese Jamaican actress and co-founder of the Talawa Theatre Company. Born in Jamaica, Hammond emigrated to the United Kingdom in 1959, where she has remained ever since. Hammond has had a long and distinguished stage career. She is best known for her work on British television, which has included various roles in sitcoms and playing Blossom Jackson in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. Hammond was awarded the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2005 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, for her services to drama in the UK.
Hammond was born Mavis Chin to a Chinese father from Guangdong, and a black Jamaican mother in Tweedside, Clarendon Parish, Jamaica. She moved to the United Kingdom in 1959 on a Jamaican Scholarship and worked for Norman and Dawbarn Architects. She attended evening classes at the City Literary Institute in London for two years and was awarded a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Since 1968, Hammond has appeared in numerous British stage plays and television shows, including a leading role as Lady Macbeth at the Roundhouse in 1970 in Peter Coe’s African version of the play. In 1985, Hammond along with Yvonne Brewster, Inigo Espejel, and Carmen Munroe founded the Talawa Theatre company, which became one of the UK’s most prominent black theatre companies. It has produced award-winning plays from and about the African diaspora and has championed reinterpretations of classical British pieces. Hammond performed in several of its productions including The Black Jacobins, The Importance of Being Earnest and King Lear. Her film credits include Fords on Water (1983), Manderlay (2005), Kinky Boots (2006), and 10,000 BC. In 2006, Hammond was presented with the Edric Connor Inspiration Award – the Screen Nation Television and Film Awards’ highest UK honour
3. Jean Ping PhD, Chinese father and Gabonese mother
Jean Ping (born 24 November 1942) is a Gabonese diplomat and politician who was the Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union from 2008 to 2012. He was previously the Foreign Minister of Gabon from 1999 to 2008 and served as President of the United Nations General Assembly from 2004 to 2005.
The son of Chinese trader Cheng Zhiping (Chinese: 程志平 Chéng Zhìpíng) from Wenzhou, and a Gabonese mother, Jean Ping was born in Omboué, Gabon. Cheng immigrated to Gabon in the 1930s as a trader and married the daughter of a local tribal chief. The villagers initially called Jean Ping the “son of Ping.” In demonstrating respect to his wife’s Christian beliefs, Cheng took his son to get baptized when he was a month old and named him “Jean.” Cheng also attained substantial wealth through his many successful business enterprises in his newly adopted country. He sold china, wood, and seafood, and he also ran a bakery. Because of his good relationship with the locals, Cheng was elected to the local assembly three times. Dr. Ping claims to have inherited his frugality, industry, and honesty from his father. He holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne).
Dr. Ping has held many prominent public service and diplomatic positions including President of the United Nations General Assembly, Gabon’s Delegate to UNESCO, Gabon’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Gabon’s Deputy Prime Minister, and Chairman of the Commission of the African Union. Today he runs his own consulting firm, Ping & Ping Consulting, with his sons. In 1987, Ping had an opportunity to visit his ancestral village of Wenzhou. While there, he met his 94 year old aunt. He mentioned that his visit was due in part to fulfill his deceased father’s wish to visit his hometown. In October 2003, Jean Ping attended the World Wenzhouese Convention held in Wenzhou as a descendant of Wenzhou.
4. Michael Lee-Chin, Afro and Chinese Jamaican father and Afro and Chinese Jamaican mother.
The Honourable Michael Lee-Chin, Order of Jamaica, born 1951 in Port Antonio, Jamaica, is a Jamaican Canadian business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is the founder and Chairman of Portland Holdings Inc., a privately held investment company which owns a collection of diversified operating companies in sectors that include media, tourism, health care telecommunications and financial services. Among other positions, he was the Executive Chairman of AIC Limited (a Canadian mutual fund), and, as of December 2014, the Chairman of the National Commercial Bank of Jamaica. Canadian Business has named him as one of the richest people in Canada and one of the richest Jamaicans and estimates his wealth to be over $1.6 billion USD. He is also the richest Blasian on the Top 10 Worldwide Richest Blasians.
His first job came in 1965 working as part of the landscaping team at the Frenchman’s Cove Hotel. In 1970 he went to Canada on a scholarship program sponsored by the Jamaican government to study Civil Engineering at McMaster University, and graduated in 1974. Lee-Chin worked briefly as a road engineer for the Jamaican government, but unable to find work in his qualified field (and allegedly, because his Canadian wife did not like living in Jamaica), he returned to Canada. At first he worked as a bouncer, but later found employment as a financial advisor for Investors Group. Lee-Chin spent two years at the Investors Group, in the Hamilton, Ontario office and in 1979, moved to Regal Capital Planners and became regional manager. While at the company, in 1983, he secured a loan from the Continental Bank of Canada for C$500,000 to purchase a stake in Mackenzie Financial Group and formed Kicks Athletics with Andrew Gayle. By 1987, the investment was worth C$3.5 million. In 1987, took the proceeds from his Mackenzie investment and he bought a Kitchener-based company called the Advantage Investment Council (a division of AIC Limited) for $200,000. At the time, the company had holdings of around C$800,000. He renamed the company AIC, and developed it to a fund that today controls around C$6 Billion, with hundreds of thousands of investors. Following the acquisition of AIC Limited, Lee-Chin set up the Berkshire group of companies – comprising an investment planning arm, a securities dealership and an insurance operation. By 2007, Berkshire amassed more than C$12 billion of assets under administration. In 2007, Manulife acquired Berkshire from Portland Holdings in exchange for shares, making Portland one of the largest shareholders of Manulife. In 2009, Lee-Chin sold AIC Limited to Manulife for an undisclosed amount. The following year, Manulife rebranded the heritage AIC funds and eliminated the AIC name from the mutual fund line-up.
Lee-Chin has made several large multi-million dollar pledges and/or donations in Canada to Royal Ontario Museum in 2003, the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, McMaster University and the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation. Lee-Chin also currently sits as chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University.
5. Lisa Wu, Chinese father and African American mother
Lisa Wu is an actress and reality TV personality. She was an original cast member of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” in 2008 and 2009, and an original cast member of “Hollywood Divas” in 2014. From 1992 to 2002, she was married to Keith Sweat, African American R&B singer, and they had two children together. She was also married to Ed Hartwell, African American former NFL player, from 2006 to 2012 and they have one child together. On the “Real Housewives of Atlanta”, Lisa and her husband Ed operated a real estate firm, a jewelry line, and several clothing lines. Those businesses are no longer active and Lisa has moved on to writing, radio, child modeling with her son, and acting on various television, theater, and movie projects. She also has more reality TV projects in the hopper.
In a 2008 interview, Lisa explained her family background to “Asiance” magazine:
“My dad is Chinese and my mom is Black and they met in Baltimore, MD. My dad was in the service. He met her out there. I have other siblings too. She was previously married to a Spanish guy. She had some children with him but when my father married her, he basically raised all the children as his. Then they moved to Los Angeles. Dad was in the Army. I have a sister who is drop dead gorgeous. She should be gracing every magazine. She’s taller than I am. I’m like, “Why did you get the height?” She’s Asian and Black as well. I have 5 brothers and I have another sister. My other sister is Mexican and Black.”
6. Chris Wong Won, Chinese father and Trinidadian mother
Christopher Wong Won also known as Fresh Kid Ice also known as The Chinaman, was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. At the age of 12 he moved from Trinidad & Tobago to Brooklyn, New York. After graduating from high school, he joined the U.S. Air Force for a four year stint. While stationed in Riverside, California, in 1984, he banded together with Amazing Vee and Mr. Mixx to form the rap group 2 Live Crew. The group released its first single, “Revelation”, on their own label “Fresh Beat Records” in 1984. “Revelation” was popular in Florida, so The 2 Live Crew (without Amazing Vee who wanted to perform a new style of rap) relocated to Miami where they did countless performances. In 1985, for their next single “What I Like” Fresh Kid Ice was the only MC featured on the track. In 1986 2 Live Crew recorded: Throw the D/Ghetto Bass and again he was the only rapper on the record. It was recorded for the upcoming Label Luke Skywalker records with local DJ Luther Campbell, who befriended the group and worked as a Manager and the Hypeman. In April of that year, Brother Marquis joined the group. Luke Skyywalker (Luther Campbell) gave The 2 Live Crew a record deal and officially joined the group. They exploded on the local scene with their Gold debut album “2 Live Crew is what we are”.
A year later Fresh Kid Ice was in a near fatal car accident which caused the lost of mobility in his left arm. Shortly after their second album “Move Somethin'” also went gold. This made Fresh Kid Ice and his band mates some of the most recognisable faces in Hip Hop. In 1989, the group released their album, “As Nasty As They Wanna” Be, which also became the group’s most successful album going platinum. A large part of its success was due to the single “Me So Horny”. In part due to a public controversy over the parental advisory sticker not being strong enough to warn of the explicit lyrics, the album sales remained robust with the album peaking at number 29 on the Billboard 200 and number 3 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
Fresh Kid Ice released his first Solo Album “The Chinaman” in 1992 by Effect Records a division of Luke Records. In 2000, he released his second solo Album “Still Nasty” and in 2004, he released two more albums “Stop Playin'” and “Freaky Chinese”. The “Freaky Chinese” album featured several tracks by a then unknown artist Flo Rida well before his fame. In 2008, he reunited with Brother Marquis and started touring with The 2 Live Crew banner again. In 2014, the group announced their new album “Turn Me On” with guest stars Trick Daddy, Trina, Too Short, Insane Clown Posse, E-40, and Mannie Fresh.
7. Staceyann Chin, Chinese father and Afro Jamaican mother
Staceyann Chin (born December 25, 1972) is a spoken-word poet, performing artist and LGBT rights political activist. Her work has been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Pittsburgh Daily, and she has been featured on 60 Minutes. She also appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, where she shared her struggles growing up as a gay person in Jamaica. Chin was born in Jamaica but now lives in Brooklyn. She is of Chinese-Jamaican and Afro-Jamaican descent. She announced in 2011 that she was pregnant by means of in-vitro fertilization with her first child, giving birth to a daughter in January 2012. She wrote about her experiences as a pregnant, single lesbian in a guest blog for the Huffington Post.
In addition to performing in and co-writing the Tony-nominated Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, Chin has appeared in Off-Broadway one-woman shows and at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. She has also held poetry workshops worldwide. Chin credits her accomplishments to her hard-working grandmother and the pain of her mother’s absence. Chin’s poetry can be found in “Wildcat Woman”, “Stories Surrounding My Coming”, and numerous anthologies. Chin’s voice can also be heard on numerous CD compilations and in 2009, Chin published her autobiographical novel, “The Other Side of Paradise: A Memoir”. She is a host on Logo’s After Ellen Internet show, “She Said What?” and a co-host of Centric’s “My Two Cents”. In 2009, Chin also performed in “The People Speak”, a documentary feature film that uses dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries, and speeches of everyday Americans, based on historian Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States”.
Chin was the winner of the 1999 Chicago People of Color Slam; first runner-up in the 1999 Outright Poetry Slam; winner of the 1998 Lambda Poetry Slam; a finalist in the 1999 Nuyorican Grand Slam; winner of the 1998 and 2000 Slam This!; and winner of WORD: The First Slam for Television. Staceyann has toured internationally, with performances in London, Denmark, Germany, South Africa and New York’s own Central Park.
8. Nicole Narain, Chinese-Guyanese and Indo-Guyanese father and Afro-Guyanese mother
Nicole Narain is an American model and actress. The shapely stunner Narain was born on July 28, 1974 in Aurora, Illinois. Her mother is Afro-Guyanese and her father is Chinese-Guyanese and Indo-Guyanese. She has a brother named Mike and a sister named Mimi. Narain ran track in high school and was homecoming queen two years in a row. She has been modeling on and off ever since she was twelve. After graduating from high school, Narain moved to Chicago. She was discovered by “Playboy” senior editor Kevin Kaster at a local nightspot called Circus. Nicole was featured in the pictorial “Girls of Mardi Gras” in the March, 2000 issue of “Playboy.” Narain was also the Playmate of the Month in the January, 2002 issue of Playboy. Nicole has been featured in a bunch of “Playboy” videos and has appeared as herself on “Fear Factor” and “Howard Stern.” Moreover, she has made guest appearances on episodes of the TV shows “One on One,” “MADtv,” “Entourage,” and “American Heiress.” In addition, Narain has appeared in the music videos for “Got Me a Model” by R.L., “Luv You Better” by LL Cool J, “I Don’t Wanna Know” by Mario Winans, and “Baby” by Fabolous.
Narain received considerable notoriety when a sex tape she did with Colin Farrell, her former boyfriend, became readily available on the Internet despite Farrell filing a restraining order against Narain to prevent the display or distribution of the tape. The lawsuit was later amicably resolved. Narain has also appeared on “Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew” seeking treatment for her sex addiction.
9. Shikiri Hightower-Gaskin, African American father and Chinese mother
Shikiri Hightower-Gaskin is the founder of the clothing line, China Royal. Of Chinese and African-American descent, the Berkley, California native grew up amidst a diverse family dynamic. Her mother immersed Shikiri in Chinese heritage, while her father was a member of the Black Panther Party, so she was able to experience the pro-black love mixed with the Asian revolutionary spirit. But as a young girl watching her aunt work in fashion, she realized early on that she had found her calling.
Hightower-Gaskin received a BA from the University of Southern California as a journalism major. While there, she met her first husband, Keyshawn Johnson, African American former NFL player, and they were married from 1998 to 2002. She later earned a Master’s degree from UC Berkeley’s prestigious Graduate School of Journalism. In 2001, Hightower-Gaskin opened the doors to “Shikiri” in one of Los Angeles’ hippest shopping districts on Robertson Boulevard. A stone’s throw from other luxury brand fashion houses, “Shikiri’s” racks drew a wide array of celebrity clientele. Essence Magazine called Shikiri a “must-stop for the Hollywood set” and an “ultrachic unique shopping experience.” In 2005, Hightower-Gaskin launched “Golden Butterfly” in Santa Monica. A breathtakingly ornate boutique located on Montana Avenue, Golden Butterfly specialized in high-end shoes and accessories. Shikiri lives with her current husband, Bela Gaskin, and their four children in Oakland, California.
10. Chipo Chung, Zimbabwean father and Chinese mother
Chipo Chung (born 1977) is a Tanzanian-born actress raised in Zimbabwe. She currently lives in London. Chung was born as a refugee in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Her given name Chipo means “gift” in the Zimbabwean Shona language. She spent her first two years in refugee camps in Mozambique with thousands of young people who were escaping the war in then-Rhodesia. Her mother is Fay Chung, Chinese, a former Zimbabwe Minister of Education. Her father is Rugare Gumbo, a long time member of the Zimbabwean government. Chipo was raised in Harare where she developed her acting with the mixed-race theatre company Over the Edge. At eighteen, she moved to the United States where her mother Fay Chung was working for the United Nations. She studied at Yale University and graduated cum laude with a double major in Theatre Studies and Fine Art. Chipo trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London and graduated in 2003. Her repertoire includes political theatre: Talking to Terrorists (Royal Court Theatre), The Overwhelming (Royal National Theatre) and Fallujah (in which she played Condoleezza Rice), as well as classical plays such as Phedre, in which she performed with Helen Mirren (Royal National Theatre), and Epidavros. She is known in science fiction circles for her work in Doctor Who. Her first film credit was as the voice of Icarus II in Danny Boyle’s Sunshine, followed by appearances in In the Loop and Proof. Other television appearances include the drama The Last Enemy and as a reporter in the Sherlock second series episode “The Hounds of Baskerville”. In 2011 she had a recurring role in the medieval romance drama series Camelot. She appeared in the 2015 British TV series Fortitude as Trish Stoddart.
Chipo founded the UK-based charity ‘Sponsored Arts For Education’ (SAFE) which develops theatre for social change in Kenya, focusing on HIV education and abolishing clitoridectomy, and currently sits on its Board of Trustees. She works closely with the charity Peace Direct in support of ‘Envision Zimbabwe’, a woman’s’ trust that works towards consensus-building and peace in Zimbabwe. She also sits on the RADA Council and British Equity’s International Committee for Artists’ Freedom.
11. Angela Chao Roberson, African American father and Chinese mother
Angela Chao Roberson was the first Blasian finalist in the Miss Los Angeles Chinatown Pageant. Angela competed with 17 other young LA area Chinese women in 2006 and was selected as the 3rd Princess, essentially putting her in 4th place. One other mixed Chinese woman (with East Indian) competed in 2006 and was selected as the 2nd Princess making two of the top five finalists mixed Chinese. One of the judges, who were all Chinese, said in a LA Times interview “The winners are a really true reflection of Chinese Americans in Southern California. It’s a mixed group these days.” and the pageant director said, “There’s a newer generation coming up, and the whole idea of being multicultural is more accepted now”. While other Chinese pageants around the country require that the father be Chinese or that contestants speak either Mandarin or Cantonese, the Los Angeles pageant is considered one of the most inclusive, requiring only 25% Chinese heritage contributed from either parent.
Roberson was a college student at Cal State Fullerton at the time and had worked as a production assistant on the “Boondocks” show. She had been encouraged to participate in the pageant by her Chinese mother. Her mother said, “Since they were young, I taught my kids, it doesn’t matter what color you are. You don’t want to be hiding or embarrassed because your mom is Chinese and your daddy’s Black”. Roberson’s father said “I’m glad she did it. This tells the community there’s more out there than just pure Chinese”. Both of her parents said they were proud of her accomplishment. Roberson initially had anxiety about her skin color and hair texture, but since she couldn’t change those things, she decided to just focus on key criteria of the pageant which were poise and intelligent answers in the onstage interview. That strategy paid off for her and Roberson said in the LA Times interview, “I’m kind of brave if you think about it, but I’ve always accepted odd challenges.”
12. Danielle Wei-Tsung Carter, African American father and Chinese mother
Danielle Wei-Tsung Carter is a recording artist and songwriter from Los Angeles. Her sound is best described as ambient soul in the spirit of Sade meets Bjork. Carter was previously a licensed stockbroker who decided to follow her dream of being an Asian Popstar.
Danielle obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and Marketing from Georgetown University. During her time at Georgetown, she studied Chinese language and business culture abroad at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. During her final year of college, Danielle Carter was selected to be part of a three-person team at BBDO New York responsible for spearheading a multi-million dollar campaign for what is now the second largest pharmaceutical company in the world.
Danielle performs live in many venues around LA and has also performed at Georgetown Alumni events in DC. She is a lead singer for Illegal Download Collection, and was a background vocalist for Nina Storey, Roxie Sakura & The Ki. She was also responsible for coordinating a Chinese-English language exchange program in the San Gabriel Valley.
13. Angela Yee, Chinese father and Afro-Montserratian mother
Angela Yee is an American radio personality on the nationally syndicated morning show The Breakfast Club along with DJ Envy and Charlamagne Tha God based in New York city. Yee was born in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, to a West Indian mother and a Cantonese father. When she was 15 years old, she moved to South Orange, New Jersey. She majored in English at Wesleyan University because she wanted to be a writer.
She gravitated toward marketing and music industries soon after graduation from college. She landed an internship with Wu-Tang Management and was hired to assist the CEO, Divine. She then worked for Paul Rosenberg and Eminem’s clothing company Shady Limited and until she saw an opportunity at Sirius Satellite Radio’s marketing department. She hosted “Lip Service” and “The Morning After with Angela Yee” on Eminem’s radio station, Shade 45, at Sirius Satellite Radio. In December 2010, Yee left Shade 45 and began hosting The Breakfast Club on Power 105.1, alongside DJ Envy and Charlamagne Tha God. The show is known for being candid and asking tough questions to artists. Weekends With The Breakfast Club launched in March 2013 and is nationally syndicated in over 50 markets. The Breakfast Club’s weekday show began national syndication in August 2013 and is currently featured in major American cities such as Miami, Atlanta, Seattle, New Orleans, Houston, Detroit, and more.
Yee also worked as a correspondent for MTV2’s Sucker Free. She was a featured cast member on the 2013 VH1 reality show “The Gossip Game”. The show spotlights seven NY women in the radio and blogging industry. The Breakfast Club show debuted on the new Revolt cable music network channel in 2014. Yee has also managed recording artists GZA and Jay Electronica and she helped facilitate Jay’s deal with Roc Nation.
14. Ding Hui, South African father and Chinese mother
Ding Hui (Chinese: 丁慧) is a biracial Chinese volleyball player of South African descent born in China. He played libero (defensive specialist) for the Zhejiang, China volleyball club and the China men’s national volleyball team. He is the first black athlete to be selected for a Chinese national sports team.
Ding’s appearance as a black player is unique in that he is the first Chinese national, with black African ancestry, representing a Chinese national team and his selection to the team garnered widespread media attention, with some commentators saying he ‘redefined race in China.’ The coach of the national team, Zhou Jian’an (周建安), was irritated by the number of calls he received inquiring Ding’s family background. Zhou dismissed most of these calls, saying that he “fit requirements established by the Chinese Volleyball Association” and that Ding’s background is a “private matter.”
Ding is now a class of 2016 undergraduate at Missouri Valley College where he plays on the men’s volleyball team. In 2014, Ding was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American team. Ding became the first player in Missouri Valley College history to earn All-America status. As a defensive specialist, Ding was number 1 in his conference in total digs and number 2 in digs per game.
15. Lou Jing, African American father and Chinese mother
Lou Jing (born 1989) is a Chinese talent show contestant from Shanghai. She was born to a Chinese mother and an African American father, who left China before she was born and has lost contact ever since. Lou Jing’s mother raised her as a single mother. She is currently enrolled at the Shanghai Theater Academy. She entered the Shanghai-based Dragon TV’s Go Oriental Angel talent quest in August, 2009, where she became one of the five finalists from Shanghai. Dubbed the “Black Pearl”, and “Chocolate Girl” on the show, her rise to fame culminated in heated discussions on the Chinese blogosphere. While some comments on internet forums expressed support, some comments insulted Lou and her mother with racist remarks. Her attention in the media opened serious debates about racism in China and racial prejudice. Initially hosts of the talent show were baffled by her skin colour and questioned her background, and the origins of her father. Through the exposure she received on the show, she gained attention worldwide as a human interest story and granted several interviews to television stations. The British newspaper, The Guardian, reported that Lou had emerged as the most famous talent show contestant in China and had become the subject of intense debate because of her skin colour.
China Daily columnist Raymond Zhou remarked that the backlash on the internet was caused by numerous factors, including China’s homogeneity, her “non-Chinese” appearance and her mother’s associations with a foreigner, but more relevantly, that her father is black, giving her dark skin. Zhou opined that China’s intolerance is color-based, where people may admire paler skin, they discriminate against darker skin. He further commented that this trend is “not totally race based,” as the Chinese are biased against other Chinese who have dark skin, especially dark-skinned women, and that he believes this to be an “offshoot of class discrimination” because historically, the lower class laborers who worked outdoor had darker skin due to being constantly exposed to the sun’s radiation. Zhou was one of several media commentators in China who responded to these blasts on the blogosphere, and came to Lou Jing’s defense and criticized negative comments on internet. Zhou wrote that it was “high time [we] introduced some sensitivity training on races and ethnicities if we are going to latch on to the orbit of globalization.” Author Hung Huang wrote on her blog, “In the same year that Americans welcome Barack Obama to the White House, we can’t even accept this girl with a different skin colour.”
When asked whether she agrees about being “a native of Shanghai”, Jing remarked “I’m a Chinese person born and raised in China,” adding that her best friends are from Anhui and Henan. She also remarked that she was grateful that her parents gave birth to her, and she played down racial discrimination, saying it has been overblown by false press reports. Lou received an internship offer from Shanghai television station Dragon TV after the show. She has since became a co-host of the show News Surfing Intelligence, a local Shanghai program. In an interview with the BBC’s Matthew Bannister, she remarked that racial discrimination is present in all countries of the world, but in China it seems particularly focused towards people of an African background due to the assumption that Africa is less developed. She said that she found it interesting children of mixed Chinese-white parents do not receive nearly as much negative attention. Lou has a very close relationship with her mother, a native Shanghai woman. Her mother appeared at all of her shows to support her. Lou Jing speaks fluent Shanghainese and Mandarin
16. Alexander N’Doumbou, Gabonese father and Chinese mother
Alexander A. N’Doumbou (born 4 January 1992) is a Gabonese international footballer of Chinese heritage who plays for French club Marseille. He plays as a wide midfielder capable of playing on either side of the field and joined Marseille in 2006. N’Doumbou was born in Port-Gentil, Gabon, to a Gabonese father and a Chinese mother who had previously met in China where his father was attending school.
N’Doumbou began his football career at Division 1 Gabonese club AS Sogara. At the age of 12, N’Doumbou departed the country for France joining local club FC Carpentras in the south of France. He later had a stint at Martigues before joining Marseille on a trial. After excelling at the trials, N’Doumbou was offered an youth contract. While in the club’s youth academy, he was captain of the Marseille under-17 team that won the 2008–09 Championnat National Under-17 league title. On 18 November 2009, N’Doumbou signed his first professional contract. The contract took effect on 1 July 2011 as he had to play out the two years left on his élite contract. N’Doumbou made his professional debut on 9 January 2010, five days after his 18th birthday, in a Coupe de France match against amateur club Trélissac. On 10 August 2011, N’Doumbou joined Orléans on a one-year loan. N’Doumbou also plays for the Gabon national team having earned his first call up to the team by former coach Alain Giresse in November 2009.
17. Cheltzie Lee, Chinese Bangladeshi father and African American mother
Cheltzie Lee (born 21 April 1993) is an Australian former competitive figure skater. She is the 2010 national champion and represented Australia at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. She also competed at seven ISU Championships, achieving her best result, tenth, at the 2011 Four Continents. Cheltzie was born in St Andrews, New South Wales, Australia. Her African American mother is from Louisiana and her Chinese father was born in Bangladesh. She practiced gymnastics from age six to twelve and she began skating at the age of five.
She debuted on the ISU Junior Grand Prix series in 2007 and placed 23rd at the 2008 World Championships. Lee began the 2009–10 season at the 2009 Nebelhorn Trophy, competing to earn a spot for Australia in the ladies’ event at the 2010 Winter Olympics. She finished as the first alternate. After Israel decided not to send Tamar Katz, Lee was named to the Australian Olympic team. At the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, she placed 18th in the short program with a score of 52.16 points (a personal best) to qualify for the free skate. She finished 20th overall at the Olympics and 17th at the 2010 World Championships. During the 2010–11 season, Lee placed tenth at the 2011 Four Continents Championships and 21st at the 2011 World Championships. Lee decided to take a year off to concentrate on her university studies. She returned to competition in June 2012, winning the Hollins Trophy at her home rink of Canterbury and the 2012 WinterSun in Boondall, Queensland.
18. Lia Neal, African American father and Chinese mother
Lia Neal (born February 13, 1995) is an American competitive swimmer who competes in freestyle events. In her Olympic debut at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, she won a bronze medal in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay. Neal was born in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Jerome and Siu Neal. She attends the Convent of the Sacred Heart School in New York City and is a member of the club swim team Asphalt Green Unified Aquatics in Manhattan, New York. She is of African-American and Chinese descent.
At the 2012 United States Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska, the U.S. qualifying meet for the Olympics, Neal made the U.S. Olympic team by finishing fourth in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 54.33 seconds, which qualified her to swim in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay. At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Neal won a bronze medal in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay with Missy Franklin, Jessica Hardy and Allison Schmitt, with the U.S. team finishing third behind the teams from Australia and the Netherlands. Swimming the third leg, Neal had a split of 53.65 seconds, and the U.S. team finished with a total time of 3:34.24, an American record.