Chinese internet users are surprisingly sympathetic to Einstein’s racist remarks

When Albert Einstein traveled to China as part of his tour of Asia in the 1920s, the physicist, known for his criticism of racism, turned into something of a xenophobe. In his private diaries, he described Chinese people as “industrious, filthy, obtuse,” along with other uncharitable observations—which people in China are receiving rather charitably.

Einstein’s observations of China, they say, are to some extent simply telling it like it is—or rather was, at that point in China’s...

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