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What do Kenyans actually think of the Chinese in Kenya?

The following article was written by Cheng Lyu, Jinmeng Li, Zander Rounds and Lucy Liu of China House Kenya A lot has been made of the problems that Chinese companies and individuals are causing in Africa. In Kenya, we seem to hear a lot about these: how Chinese are racist and closed off; how Chinese are stealing jobs from Kenyans. ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Why Gambian migrants are giving up on their “China Dream”

They did not know very much about China but they had heard it was the world’s second largest economy and Africa’s leading trading partner, so they assumed there must be opportunity. Europe, of course, was their first choice but with EU countries overwhelmed by migrants and cracking down on smugglers, China would have to do. Lured by deceptive visa brokers, ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China was once a hot destination for African migrants, not any more

It was not that long ago that entire neighborhoods in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou were overflowing with African migrants. Although there are no precise figures, scholars estimated that between 20,000-100,000 African immigrants used to lived in Guangzhou, or as it is glibly known as “chocolate city.” Today, those same neighborhoods, once filled with halal food shops and other ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Chinese migrants in Africa confront new challenges as economy worsens

Thousands of Chinese migrants who settled in Africa over the past ten years now face mounting uncertainty as economic growth slows across the continent and back home in China. While there are no reliable estimates as to how many Chinese migrants there are in Africa, experts believe the population to be somewhere between one and two million people. The Chinese ... Read More »

[TRANSLATION] 10 things Chinese people should know about doing business in Africa

One of the most common criticisms of the Chinese in Africa is how difficult it is for “outsiders” (i.e. non-Chinese) to engage them in any kind of open dialogue. In many African countries, the Chinese community is widely perceived as reclusive, even isolated, from the broader community. Some of this behavior is common to all new immigrant populations who don’t ... Read More »

Villain? Or Vulnerable? The story of a young Chinese manager in Kenya

I have to lean in to hear Zeng over the howling protests of steel meeting stone outside—although I suspect were we not on an active construction site, I might have still have to strain. A slight man, Zeng strikes me as a guy reluctant to fill a space with his voice. Zeng is twenty-six. Did I hear that correctly? I ... Read More »

[AUDIO] NO! China is NOT exporting convict labor to Africa!!!!

15 minutes in to almost any conversation about the Chinese in Africa and the question about Chinese labor invariably comes up. “The Chinese are exporting convicts to work on construction sites,” according to one of the pervasive myths, or, “Chinese companies don’t hire as many locals as Western firms do and the Chinese don’t want to assimilate into the local ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China Mall’s rise amid growing xenophobia in South Africa

Chinese immigrants in South Africa have not been spared from the violent, anti-immigrant riots that have swept across Durban and Johannesburg, two of the country’s largest cities. There have been reports of injuries along with at least 40 business that were ransacked and looted. Most of those business were small, independent shops, not any of the 20 vast China Malls ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China Remix: African migrant life in Guangzhou

EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to internet connectivity problems beyond our control, the audio quality of this edition of the podcast is bit lower than usual. Our sincere apologies. The African migrant population in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou is largely made up of traders, predominantly from Nigeria. However, to define the community in such limited terms does not do justice ... Read More »