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Are there problems with ethnic or religious prejudices? Gender equality?

Yes. This is China. But for us expats, it does not affect us that much. - Aug 7, 2017
Chinese people are very blunt, and Chengdu is not as exposed to ethnic diversity as other big cities in China. African Americans have faced racial stereotypes and discrimination. Also, any Asian Americans (even if they are not of Chinese origin) sometimes face challenges because people expect them to speak Chinese or do not believe they are American. - May 18, 2016
Anyone who doesn't look Chinese will be judged, especially people with darker skin tones of any kind. Chengdu residents might not also understand the concept of an American who doesn't look "white" which can be especially hard for black Americans and anyone of any kind of East or Southeast Asian descent who doesn't speak good Chinese. The more expats in Chengdu though, the more this is changing. - Aug 2, 2013
Having darker skin used to mean that you were a worker and of a lower class, and some of that sentiment still remains. - May 4, 2013