Rosie’s videos showcase her navigating Chinese culture, addressing stereotypes, and enjoying local cuisine. In one video posted in late January, she sheds light on a common topic: the perception of her appearance.
In this particular video, a woman compliments Rosie’s eyes but remarks on her dark skin. With a smile, Rosie acknowledges the cultural difference in beauty standards between China and the United States.
The woman candidly expresses:
Rosie, undeterred, takes it in stride, emphasizing the importance of cultural understanding. In other videos, she shares snippets of her life as the only international and Black student in her class, pursuing a degree in the financial sector.
Despite not revealing her university or major, Rosie provides a glimpse into her daily experiences and her challenges as an international student.
Another person suggests that she dyed her skin black, implying disbelief in her status as a foreigner due to her impressive Mandarin skills.
In the face of such comments, Rosie maintains her composure, attributing her focus to her studies and future plans. Undeterred by negativity, she responds with a smile, stating that she has more pressing matters, such as excelling in her classes.
The TikTok creator addresses racism with resilience, choosing not to engage in negativity and focusing on her academic pursuits. She openly shares her struggles as an international student, highlighting the financial challenges and restrictions on working in China.
Similar experiences are shared by other Black content creators living in China, like Yinka Ajala, who also choose understanding over confrontation in their interactions with locals.