Growing up as a young Black man in California, Aaron Vessup tasted first-hand the nature of American racism, and after moving to China in the early 2000s, he experienced a new kind of otherness, being a Black man in the land of China, but decided in the end that he would prefer to be Black-Chinese than Black-American. Black in China takes on the issue of racism in China and in America head on, illuminating through anecdotes and reflection the complex and harmful role that race plays in modern society.
Aaron Vessup is an English teacher, author and photographer. He has written textbooks and published numerous essays, poems, and many photographs in US, Chinese and other periodicals. He is a lifetime member of the IFPO and has participated in solo and juried group photography exhibitions all over the world. He currently resides in Jilin Province in China.