"After the contest started, I often got more attention than the other girls. It made me feel strange," Lou [Jing] said.
The reality show hosts fondly called her "chocolate girl" and "black pearl." The Chinese media fixated on her skin color. Netizens flooded Web sites with comments saying she "never should have been born" and telling her to "get out of China."...
"We lived in a small circle before," said her mother....
"She used to wonder why she had black skin," said one classmate. "We thought about this question together and decided to tell her it's because she likes dark chocolate. So her skin turned darker gradually."
Another classmate weighed in, "We said it's because she used to drink too much soy sauce."
December 21, 2009
A Chinese reality show shines a light on Chinese racism.