A Chinese journalist today brought to attention Air China's racist warning to passengers about moving around in London - avoid areas populated by Indians, Pakistanis and black people. "London is generally a safe place to travel, however precautions are needed when entering areas mainly populated by Indians, Pakistanis and black people," Air China says in its in-flight magazine.
Haze Fan, the journalist tweeted a photograph of the 'warning' to London mayor Sadiq Khan. She also wrote about it for CNBC.com. "The advice (of the airline) is at odds with the London promoted by its Mayor Sadiq Khan, a Brit with Pakistani parents, who in July launched a #LondonisOpen campaign and frequently blogs about his favourite places to eat and drink in his South London Indian-Pakistani neighbourhood of Tootin," the journalist wrote.
Fan mentions a recent racist laundry detergent advertisement made in China. "Chinese companies have been criticized previously for their depictions of various races. In May, a Chinese laundry detergent-maker apologized for an advertisement that showed an Asian woman shoving a dirt-smeared black man into a washing machine, only for him to emerge as a clean Asian man," the journalist wrote.
Some Western media, fan said, called the detergent advertisement, which ran on Chinese social media platforms, "the most racist commercial ever."