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[PODCAST] Wolf Warriors 2: Why a China-Africa Blockbuster is Blowing Up the Box Office

Wolf Warriors 2 is the movie sensation of the summer in China, taking in over a record $630 million in box office receipts. The movie is so popular that is now the first non-Hollywood film to ever break in to the top 100 highest grossing releases. Set in a fictitious African country, Wolf Warriors 2 depicts a former Chinese special ... Read More »

[PODCAST] Does it make sense for Africans to learn to speak Chinese?

Nairobi-based journalist Mark Kapchanga contends that it is time for Africans to learn to speak Chinese. In a provocative column published last month in the Chinese newspaper Global Times, Kapchanga warned that Africans are at risk of being on the losing end of an “information asymmetry” unless they begin to learn Mandarin in order to better negotiate with the continent’s largest trading partner ... Read More »

[AUDIO] The enduring popularity of Chinese Kung Fu movies in Africa

The Chinese government is spending billions of dollars around the world to expand its already massive global media footprint. Africa is a major destination for a lot of that investment. Although it is not clear how much money the Chinese have spent to develop Africa-focused economy, the sums are no doubt in the millions of dollars. The communist party-run CCTV ... Read More »

[AUDIO] New short film humanizes the China-Africa relationship

When independent filmmaker Carl Houston Mc Millan was growing up in the tiny southern African country of Lesotho he saw firsthand the effects of China’s surging engagement in Africa. Even in this remote country, embedded within South Africa, far away from the major hubs of Chinese immigration in Johannesburg and Nairobi he could feel his community was undergoing a profound change. Unlike ... Read More »

[AUDIO] So what do Zambians REALLY think of Chinese immigrants?

For decades Zambia had been the flash point of anti-Chinese sentiment in Africa. Late president and outspoken opposition leader Michael Sata was unrivaled in his seething criticisms of both China and the Chinese who had migrated to his country. Prior to his election in 2011, he famously slammed the Chinese for paying “slave wages” at Chinese-owned mines and later suggested Beijing ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Does it make sense for Africans to learn Mandarin Chinese?

The South African government’s 2015 decision to add Mandarin Chinese to the national curriculum sparked an uproar that baffled people in other, often more affluent societies around the world where the demand to learn Chinese far outstrips the supply of qualified teachers. Opposition to Mandarin education largely centered on the difficulty of the language and the fact that South Africa’s ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Outrage over the #RacistChineseAd: what did we learn?

The company behind the racist Chinese laundry detergent ad that sparked widespread online outrage around the world issued a half-hearted apology for the uproar it caused. Actually, it was one of those ‘we’re sorry if anyone was offended’ kind of apologies, nonetheless Shanghai Leishang Cosmetics did say sorry to Africans for any misunderstandings caused by the Qiaobi detergent ad: “We express ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Everything you ever wanted to know about the Chinese in Africa… but were too afraid to ask

The Chinese presence in Africa has been so sudden and so all-encompassing that it’s left a lot of people confused. Chinese farmers now compete for space and customers in Lusaka’s open-air markets, Chinese textiles are undercutting Nigerian manufacturers, tens of thousands of Africans now work for Chinese companies and hundreds of thousands, even millions of Chinese now call Africa home. ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Race, culture and the politics of being black in China

Being black in China is not easy, but it’s not as bad as many would have you think, according to our two guests this week who are both black immigrants currently living in Beijing. Sure, people stare a lot and there are often some inappropriate questions about hair and skin color but more often than not says Black Lives in ... 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 »