The controversy surrounding Lou Jing, the half-black Shanghainese girl who recently appeared on DragonTV’s reality show “Let’s Go! Oriental Angel” made actually curious about the show. We mean, we were curious about the show before, when we first stumbled upon its auditions at the Channel One mall, but now we actually wanted to check it out.
Luckily, Youku’s here to the rescue.
In this one, Lou Jing raps about herself (yes). Throughout most of the video, she’s called “our chocolate girl Lou Jing,” though the female presenter mixes it up at some point, saying she’s a “black pearl.” Black Pearl Lou Jing confronts her modeling shoot, which the presenters said made her look like Halle Berry.
In very Chinese good girl fashion, she demurely offers a “85” when they ask her to rate herself.
And this video is the part that first got the netizens all into a huff. Video and transcript after the jump.
Female Presenter: Lou Jing, you ought to be a mixed-blood (hun xue er), why is your Chinese so good?
LJ: Because my mother’s Shanghainese and I grew up in Shanghai.
Presenter: Lou Jing, is it your dad that is Shanghainese or your mom?
LJ: My mother.
P: Your mother is Shanghainese. Then what’s your dad?
LJ: Haha… not Shanghainese… He’s American.
Male Presenter: Our Lou Jing, until she was 16, she never knew her dad was American. She always thought her dad was from Shanghai, right?
LJ: Haha, yes.
MP: About Lou Jing’s story, let’s listen to what her mother has to say.
20-year-old Lou Jing grew up in a single parent household. Her father was an African American. He didn’t know that Lou Jing’s mother had become pregnant and because of other reasons, left the country to go back to America. From that point on, without any other options, Lou Jing’s mother raised Lou Jing on her own.
LJ’s mom: I was in Shanghai and had to raise a child. At that time, my mother came over to help us. I had to go out of town to work alot… to Jiangsu… Lou Jing would stay at home by herself.
This way, LJ slowly grew up. Then at seven, she suddenly asked her mother “Mom, who’s my father?”
LJ’s mom: “My father?” I didn’t answer, immediately started crying. From then on, Lou Jing never asked again.
From then on, Lou Jing never again asked about her mother’s affairs.
The rest of the video has most of the presenters and judges asking questions about whether Lou Jing wondered about her dad, whether she wanted to meet him and so on – she gets visibly emotional and says some touching bits about how she didn’t want to hurt her mother by asking too many questions and how her mother raised her well anyway. It then cuts to Lou Jing singing. Unfortunately, she seems to suffer from the same thing that plagues a surprising amount of the contestants on these shows – offkeyitis.