Chinese people queue to enter an entertainment complex in Nanchang, Jiangxi province. In interviews by journalists for several “top” Western news sources, the main question posed was whether the Qiaobi ad shows that “the Chinese are racist”. Photo: AP

One bad advert doesn’t make 1.4 billion Chinese racist

Barry Sautman and Yan Hairong say some Westerners outraged by a detergent ad are too quick to generalise about a Chinese tendency to be racist, which is unfair and wrong

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Chinese people queue to enter an entertainment complex in Nanchang, Jiangxi province. In interviews by journalists for several “top” Western news sources, the main question posed was whether the Qiaobi ad shows that “the Chinese are racist”. Photo: AP
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