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Default ‘Chiñol’: the dilemma of being second-generation Chinese in Spain

Quan Zhou would like to say she has never received racist abuse, but this Spaniard, born to Chinese parents, still remembers what she went through as a child. “They looked at me strangely, they followed me down the street, they called me ‘Chinese’ but in an offensive way,” she says at the Madrid bookshop where she is signing her second graphic novel, Andaluchinas por el mundo (Andalusian-Chinese around the world). Through stories and humor, the 28-year-old illustrator recounts what it was like growing up in Spain with her Chinese origins. Born in the Andalusian city of Algeciras, she refers herself as “Andaluchina”. It’s a term she prefers over “chinoles”, which was coined by the children of Chinese migrants who were born in Spain to define a generation that straddles Asian and European culture.

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