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Coloring the debate

Shanghainese Lou Jing.

Shanghainese Lou Jing's Chinese and African heritage sparked controversial debate when she appeared on Dragon TV's reality talent show Go! Oriental Angel.

"The whole thing was a big bomb to my family and me, and it caused great harm," the 20-year-old told Neteast News on Sept 14.

"I wish netizens could tolerate my particular parentage and let it go as soon as possible."

Lou Jing's biological father is an African American who left Lou's mother more than 20 years ago. Her mother raised her alone in Shanghai.

Her life was peaceful as she studied at the Shanghai Drama Academy until she decided to participate in a girls' talent show produced by Dragon TV, Shanghai Media Group.

When she became one of the five Shanghai finalists, the color of her skin became a national issue. She also became a target for cruel gossip on Aug 30, when her mother shared their family's story on the show.

Netizens criticized the mother, sharply blasting her with condemnations related to extramarital affairs, illegitimate children and race.

Web users' debate over Lou Jing intensified around the end of August.

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 Source : China Daily  Editor: Ivy
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