RACISM, DISCRIMINATION, AND FORCED QUARANTINE FOR AFRICANS IN CHINA – A SOUTH AFRICAN TEACHER NARRATES
A South African teacher who works in Shunde, Foshan, in the Guangdong province of China, returned from George Town on March 16th, after a family holiday. Upon arrival, they went into quarantine for two weeks and later released on March 30th after testing negative for Coronavirus on March 25th.
On April 9th, she received a call from her school’s HR department with instructions for her and her family to report to the police station since they were going to e quarantined in a hotel. After inquiring why they needed to be in quarantine again, regardless of testing negative for Coronavirus, no concrete answer from the authorities.
According to the South African teacher, other Africans in China were subjected to similar treatment by the Chinese nationals, and by the authorities. However, responding to the widespread media coverage on Africans mistreatment and discrimination in the country, the Chinese Consul General to South Africa Tang Zhongdong refuted any claims of Africans’ discrimination.
Based on her experience, Jessica claims that there was evidence of “blatant discriminations” against Africans in China. Unlike foreigners from Europe or the USA who for some did not get mandatory quarantine and series of Coronavirus testing.