Anti-Asian racism in France Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Asian_racism_in_France

Anti-Asian racism in France refers to discrimination that is faced by individuals of Asian descent in France.


Anti-Asian racism often consists of beliefs about people of Asian origin, which are often presented in a positive manner but contain hidden undertones of a negative nature: "They are cautious because they integrate without a fuss" versus "They are discreet because they are allies", "They do well" versus" "They act badly".[1]

According to Daniel Tran, of the Chinese Association of France, who was interviewed by France TV Info in January 2018, "There are many clichés circulating on Asian people, clichés specific to men and specific to women. The woman rather "nice, sweet and docile", who must say "yes" to everything. The man, also this cliché of "nice".

There was an assault in August 2016 of a Chinese designer in Aubervilliers, Zhang Chaolin. Three attackers tried to steal his money, but he surrendered to his injuries. Racism caused the attack to be seen as less serious since it was trivialised.[2]

Gregory B. Lee of the Transtextual and Transcultural Studies Institute, speaking at a conference in Valencia at the Armenian Heritage Center in 2013, noted a deep ignorance of Asia and a social imaginary built from a few biased and stereotypical images (confusion between different Asian countries, "dog and cat eaters" and "invaders" about Chinese, etc.).[3]

Mai Lam Nguyen-Conan declared in January 2017 that anti-Asian racism "is finally quite close to anti-Semitism. The idea is spread 'everywhere' while their logic is ultimately that of economic autonomy".[4]

Regarding attacks, "Only a very few complaints have been made to the court, because of a lack of knowledge about French law, the language barrier and a form of fatalism," said Mathilde Pinson. The victims accept the attacks and say that the authorities have better things to do.[5]


Initial reactions[edit]

A Representative Council of Asian Associations of France is created in 2011.

After the death of Zhang Chaolin, a 49-year-old Chinese designer assaulted in August 2016 by three men, nearly 2,000 people of Chinese origin gathered in August 2016 in Aubervilliers to protest. Their voices were also heard on social networks.[6]


  • In June 2013, six Chinese students were assaulted in Hostens, Gironde, and anti-Chinese racist insults were uttered against them.[7]
  • On April 21, 2015, the spokesperson of the representative Council of Asian Associations of France alerted the media on "the outbreak of violence to which Asians are the target". He stated that Asians are particularly targeted "because they say they have money on them".[8][9][10]
  • In 2016, the Chinese community of Aubervilliers is the victim of a large number of attacks. After further attacks, a protest was organized. From November 2015 to August 2016, more than 100 violent attacks were recorded in Aubervilliers.[11]
  • On August 13, 2016, Chaolin Zhang died as a result of an assault. On August 21, 2016, a protest was organized by the Chinese community.[12]
  • On 29 September 2016, three young people were assaulted and an attacker was released. It was the first time that an attacker was recognised by the Asian community.[13]
  • In late May 2019, the Territorial Security Brigade of Vitry-sur-Seine called for a witness to find the victims of a group of young perpetrators of theft with violence who targeted mainly people from Asia.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Asiatique travailleur versus arabe fainéant ?, De l’essentialisme présidentiel à la réversibilité des mythologies migratoires, par Vincent Geisser dans Migrations Société 2010/2 (N° 128), pages 3 à 10 doi.org/10.3917/migra.128.0003
  2. ^ Le racisme anti-asiatique "est vu comme moins grave parce qu’il est banalisé" Mis à jour le 05/01/2018 | 13:10, publié le 05/01/2018 | 13:10, sur francetvinfo.fr
  3. ^ Migration et diaspora chinoises : La Chine et les chinois dans l'imaginaire des français Valence, Centre du patrimoine arménien, mercredi 27 mars 2013 à 18 h 30, sur halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr
  4. ^ Gurvan Kristanadjaja. "Pourquoi le racisme anti-asiatique est-il sous-estimé en France ?".
  5. ^ Nouvel an ‘chinois’ : et si on arrêtait les clichés sur les Asiatiques ?, Mardi 5 Février 2019, sur glamourparis.com
  6. ^ Au lendemain de la manifestation contre le racisme antiasiatique, le hashtag #JaiRienContreLesChinois indigne 05/09/2016 19:13 CEST, sur huffingtonpost.fr
  7. ^ Bordeaux: ce que l'on sait de l'agression des étudiants chinois, publié le 17/06/2013, sur lexpress.fr
  8. ^ "Insécurité : l'appel au secours des Asiatiques de France". RTL.fr (in French). Retrieved 2019-06-01.
  9. ^ "La communauté asiatique de France dénonce une hausse des agressions". LExpress.fr (in French). 2015-04-21. Retrieved 2019-06-01.
  10. ^ "Y-a-t-il un sentiment anti-chinois en France?". LExpress.fr (in French). 2013-06-18. Retrieved 2019-06-01.
  11. ^ "Aubervilliers : les Chinois violemment agressés brisent le silence". leparisien.fr (in French). 2016-01-11. Retrieved 2019-06-01.
  12. ^ magazine, Le Point (2016-08-11). "Aubervilliers : rassemblement contre les agressions de la communauté chinoise". Le Point (in French). Retrieved 2019-06-01.
  13. ^ "Rassemblement à Aubervilliers contre les agressions ciblant les Asiatiques". LExpress.fr (in French). 2016-08-21. Retrieved 2019-06-01.
  14. ^ Agression de personnes asiatiques : appel à témoin à Ivry-sur-Seine, Vitry-sur-Seine et Paris, le 20 mai 2019, sur 94.citoyens.com