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Chinese youth in Kenya: a new generation of Sino-African relations

By Yao Zongfu, China-Africa Seed Research Fellow in China House “I only admire three people in Nairobi and they are all here.”Li, a manager of a private company, said at a social meeting of a group of Chinese youth.He admire not only their ability of business but importantly their continuous efforts on improving Sino-African relationship.Chinese youth nowadays become a more ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Chinese racist views towards blacks and Africans

When riots broke out in the US city of Baltimore in May 2015, the reaction across the Chinese social web was sadly predictable as Internet users posted countless anti-black racist comments. However, what was interesting about their posts is how there is seemingly a growing conflagration in the minds of Chinese netizens between African-Americans and African migrants. Now that China ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Chinese cultural diplomacy in Africa

The Chinese government has spent billions of dollars in Africa on public diplomacy initiatives that are intended to improve the country’s image. Central to that strategy is the growing network of Confucius Institutes (CIs) spread across the continent that are designed to introduce Chinese language and culture to the African masses. Today there are over 40 CIs in Africa but ... Read More »

[AUDIO] How a little bridge in Guangzhou connects China & Africa

The southern Chinese city of Guangzhou is home to China’s largest African migrant population, predominantly from Nigeria. In the city’s Little North Road neighborhood there is a small pedestrian bridge where immigrants from all over the world go to relax, hang out and have their picture taken by local Chinese photographers. Brooklyn-based artist Daniel Traub was so intrigued by these ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Chinese dreams and the African renaissance

Leaders in both China and Africa have articulated new visions for their respective regions that project a strong sense of confidence, renewal and a break from once-dominant Western ideologies. In both cases, argues East is Read blogger Mothusi Turner, Chinese and Africans are using these new slogans to define themselves as something other than victims of their shared colonial pasts. ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Religion among African immigrants in China

Nestled in apartments and offices throughout the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou are dozens of improvised churches that cater to the region’s Pentacostal Africans, largely from Nigeria. These churches not only serve the community’s religious needs but also act as a sort of cultural refuge for African migrants living in Guangzhou. National Tsing Hua University (Taiwan) masters candidate Chen Yirong ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China’s controversial hair exports to Africa

Thousands, maybe even millions of African women, are wearing hair extensions made in China. What they probably don’t know is that hair may not be, well, from humans. BBC contributor Sam Piranty recently reported from China’s factory zones on the complexities of the Sino-African hair trade and how in a small way this industry represents the best and worst of ... Read More »

Postcards from China: the same, but different

By Hannah Ryder, Deputy Country Director for China, United Nations Development Program I’m entering into my fourth week here in Beijing, and one of the experiments I tried last weekend was to order a takeaway. I was tired from a very hectic week of meetings – that was my excuse anyway! But it turns out the process of getting a takeaway ... Read More »

Postcards from Beijing: defying stereotypes in China

By Hannah Ryder, Deputy Country Director for China, United Nations Development Program A few days ago I arrived in Beijing to begin a new job as deputy country director for UNDP China. In this job, I’ll be heading a team that advises the Chinese government and other Chinese counterparts such as businesses how to cooperate effectively with other countries and further ... Read More »

Chinese construction of railroads in Nigeria results in captivating love story [TRANSLATION]

[Photograph — Yan Zhiming and his wife Juliet at the Abuja-Kaduna railroad project office. Image by China Radio International] China Radio International report by Zhang Weiwei. Published February 4, 2014 on CRI.cn. Nigerians are eagerly awaiting the opening of the Abuja-Kaduna railroad later this year. China Civil Engineering and Construction Corporation is constructing the railroad, which will connect Nigeria’s capital ... Read More »