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Can China Help Lift African Women Out of Poverty?

The following article was written by Chang Yang and Menghan An, youth fellows at China House Kenya in Nairobi “Currently we have no connection with Chinese companies or donors here. But we are keeping looking for one,” said Violet, a social worker at Euphrasia Women Centre in Kenya devoted to women vocational training and income generating programs. After decades of rapid economic ... Read More »

Can Chinese Technology be a Game-changer in African Wildlife Conservation?

The following article was written by Sun Haolun of China House Kenya in Nairobi “It’s not easy for a Chinese guy to work in wildlife conservation in Africa. In the eyes of  Chinese people, working in the wild of Africa is quite dangerous and crazy. And in the eyes of a lot of Africans, all the Chinese are potential traffickers.” ... Read More »

How Chinese Companies Deal with Labor Strikes and Unions in Kenya

The following article was written by Tang Yuchen, a youth fellow at China House Kenya in Nairobi “There were hundreds of thousands of people, like a black storm sweeping across the field. Tires were burned, stones were thrown everywhere as if it was a war movie”, Mr. Lu painfully recalled his first labor strike experience, “When someone threw stone at you, ... Read More »

African Female Workers in Chinese Companies in Kenya: Myths and Challenges

The following article was written by Chen Jin, a youth fellow at China House Kenya “Honestly, we don’t want any female workers here.” Ms. Zhou, manager of an upscale Chinese restaurant in Nairobi, put it without hesitation. Indeed, local women are under-represented in Chinese companies operating in Kenya. Over the past five years of Belt and Road Initiative, Chinese entrepreneurs are ... Read More »

Law Enforcement Changes Chinese Involvement in Ivory Trade in Kenya

The following article was written by Jing Wang, a youth fellow at China House Kenya “Whatever you do in Kenya, you avoid meddling with wildlife affairs — they get you into serious trouble”, said Angela Chang who has stayed in Kenya for more than 15 years and witnessed the change of Chinese participation in illegal wildlife trade, “Here sometimes animal lives ... Read More »

In Kenya, When Young Chinese Met The Maasai For Anti-Female Genital Mutilation: A Reflection of Chinese Volunteers In Africa

The following article was written by Bu Fan, Chen Si, Sun Jiayi, Ting Yujan, youth fellows at China House Kenya “You are seen as role models. From you, they will have that motivation,” Abdirisack Jaldesa, the governor of Oloitoktok said to us, “In the future they will want to be you.” We are not sure how true this is or how ... Read More »

Chinese E-commerce Meets East African Tech

The following article was written by Dong Yuntong, a fellow at China House Kenya “I usually check online shopping websites because I like their convenience, relatively guaranteed quality and affordability,” explains John. Despite working in one of the biggest shopping centers in Nairobi, Kenya, over the past few years he has found himself more and more enjoying online shopping, which he ... Read More »

(Pre-)Made in China? The prospects of Chinese prefabricated houses in Kenya

The following article was written by Sun Shuangqi, a fellow at China House Kenya “After Chinese firms finished the construction project, Kenyans kept the prefab houses. They went like hot cakes,” explained Susan, the founder of a Kenyan female empowerment foundation. Soila is in her 50s and has worked a extensively the Maasai, an ethnic group inhabiting parts of Kenya ... Read More »

Chinese migrants in Kenya: Why do they seek religion?

The following article was written by Ge Yuchen, a fellow at China House Kenya “For Chinese residents like us, Jehovah’s Witness is not only a church that forsakes all kinds of racial prejudices, but also an ideal place for interacting with local people,” explained Mr. D, a Chinese dentist who has been working in Kenya for over twenty years. Mr ... Read More »

The transformative power of Chinese-African conversations

The following article was written by Gu Ruirui through a partnership with China House Kenya. “Before going to Africa, I didn’t realize that ivory requires killing,” said Elaina, a 16-year-old student on a volunteer trip to Africa. “In my imagination, people took ivory from elephants that had died of natural causes. Either that, or the ivory tusks, once shed, can ... Read More »