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Shenzhen by Guy Delisle
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bookshelves: comics, nonfiction, european-comics, race, indie-underground-comics

An enjoyable Guy Delisle piece, like the others, but it suffers from an orientalist viewpoint and contains some really racist moments - such as when he encounters a full-on blackface performance in an amusement park and breezily describes it as just some Chinese folks goofing around in facepaint and dressing up as Africans. I realize that Delisle makes no claims to offering penetrating analysis, but one doesn't need a degree in ethnic studies to have a bit of self-awareness and cultural sensitivity.
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