Blacks, Mexicans, Caucasians, et al

I have just returned from China, a diverse country of 1.3 billion people and 56 ethnicities. I’ll try to summarize my experience in a brief paragraph:

In China, I saw Blacks, Mexicans, Caucasians, Indians, everyone, but there were no Blacks, Mexicans, Caucasians, Indians in China; they were all Chinese. There were homeless families living under bridges, young men slaving away eighteen hours a day at a textile factory for less than minimum wage, unscrupulous businessmen willing to put their lives and their families’ wellbeing at stake to earn that extra penny, poor farmers breaking their backs to see their fields rot and die. There were people of all kinds, more than one can imagine. All the world’s stereotypes come alive in the land of the Middle Kingdom.

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