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How A Zambia Town Was Transformed by Chinese Timber Business

The following article was written by Hezhu Zhang, a fellow at China House Kenya As Chinese timber business in Africa has long been reprobated because of its damage to the environment and rural livelihood, a close case study of the development of a timber-industry-driven town in Zambian has been done recently. Hence the true impact of timber business on rural livelihood ... Read More »

Smaller Than It Looks: The Reality of Chinese Timber Investment in Zambia

The following article was written by Hezhu Zhang, a fellow at China House Kenya The first impression of Chinese timber business in Zambia may not be described as a “small-scale industry” as numerous both Chinese and Zambian are involved. However, if observed more thoroughly, vitalness of Zambian timber market is in fact awash with speculation rather than investment and real production ... Read More »

Rebutting the charge of neo-colonialism: China’s need for soft power in Namibia

The following article was written by Jie Zhu, a youth fellow at China House Kenya in Nairobi “Some Chinese customers treat me like a dog even though I send them deliveries every day”, said Luisa, a waitress working in a Chinese restaurant in Chinatown, Windhoek, Namibia. She had been jobless for several months before signing up for a job here and her ... Read More »

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 »