Coming Black to Asia? Brother, you have NO idea!

For months, I’ve been hinting and promoting and promising a “Black Privilege in China” post on this blog. Well, it’s finally time! It will be a chapter in the book Jamaican in China: Guess Who’s Coming to Dim Sum which includes blog posts as well as behind the scenes stuff, commentary and observations a bit too, let’s say, “potent” for the blog. This preview chapter will give you a sample. If you like the preview chapter, you can order the book here. Here is the intro to that chapter:

Coming Black to Asia!
Tales of Black Privilege in China (and Beyond) plus
Walt’s primer on “Traveling While Black”
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Coming Black to Asia? Brother, You Have NO idea! A curious and observant nomad dispels some myths, allays some fears and corrects some misperceptions of what “traveling while Black” in Asia really means. (An “Adults Only” teaser chapter from the book, Harlem to Hainan: Observations of a Jamaican in China by Walt F.J. Goodridge)
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It’s time someone spoke out.

This is a secret that has been kept for much too long.

I’m going to speak in a frank and open way about a subject that many are afraid to discuss; a topic about which many are misguided, and of which many are simply unaware for many reasons including bias, ignorance or misinformation.

Yes, this chapter will share what I know about traveling while Black in Asia.

This chapter is for the enlightenment of all who are curious, but is specifically for the benefit of my Black brothers, fathers, sons, uncles and friends—particularly those living in the US—who have thought about traveling to other lands for fun, freedom, finances, fantasy or to chase a personal dream of one sort or another.

By sharing a few things I’ve experienced firsthand, seen happen to others, or been told about by women and men overseas, I hope to open a new vista, encourage new understanding and mold a new self-perception, and at the very least, offer what I find is a fascinating topic of conversation. Feel free to share this with everyone you know.


CLICK HERE to Download COMING BLACK TO ASIA (AKA) Traveling While Black!, A PREVIEW CHAPTER!

After you read it, please return to this post and share your comments! I’ve love to hear your thoughts!

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  1. Xiao Xiao

    Hi. I googled Jamaicans in Asia because I met a Jamaican man a few days ago. We went out on a date and he overdid the sweet-talking and over-promising so I didn’t take him seriously beyond that of a friend. He exhibits all the characteristics of a player but u know it takes one to know one.

    Anyhow I just wanted him to take it easy and be friends because I’m not interested in being caught up with any drama with him. However, he thinks I am being racist. That is so untrue. If I were I wouldn’t have said Hi to him at the restaurant we met and joined him at his table when he invited or accepted the date with him later that night and a ride in the car, etc. He kept asking me if I’m afraid of him! I asked him to stop asking those questions because I see everyone as the same.

    I just wish you can write about the fact that most Asian are not racist. As individuals we attract the vibe we give out everywhere we go. If we keep thinking, “Racist, racist” then we send out that vibe. My new friend keeps thinking people here are racist because they don’t say hi – but it’s just coz most girls are shy or the way we make friends is different from what others are used to elsewhere.

    I wish black people will know that most Asians, especially girls, are very sweet and innocent and trusting and not racist – especially if they come from simple families, have a simple job, work hard and have a good education. Please also don’t think every Asian girl is a prostitute.

    Those who are racist have something wrong with them anyway – they can’t possibly be nice people if they judge people based on appearances or background. But it’s important for any kind of person to realize that we attract what we give out to the world. If we are insecure, worried about our skin color and how people see us or judge us, etc, we will give out that kind of vibe and anger towards others and blow a situation out of proportion.

    So, do write an article where black guys, like Jamaicans, can use as a reference. Do advice that our behavior, conduct, respect for others eventually speaks for itself. Do advice them that most people are kind, gentle, helpful and loving.

    All the best for your travels!

    Xiao Xiao, Malaysia.

  2. jane-marie

    That was an insightful chapter. I should go just to have the black woman experience. I truly wonder how much it would differ from yours.

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