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[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 »

[TRANSLATION] Chinese online reactions to #RacistRestaurant in Nairobi

Special to the China Africa Project On March 24th, a Chinese restaurant in Kenya stirred up a heated discussion among the local Chinese community. Subsequently, numerous comments had been made by the local Chinese people in the following days.Unfortunately, such discussions didn’t reach the ears of local residents nor the foreigners. And this may be one of the reasons that ... Read More »

[AUDIO] There’s a lot about China’s ties with Madagascar you probably don’t know

The Chinese population on the east African island of Madagascar defies many of the poorly-informed, albeit widely-held stereotypes about Chinese migrants on the rest of the continent. First, the community in Madagascar isn’t small or isolated. In fact, the Chinese population on the island has grown five-fold over the past decade to an estimated 100,000 people, making it the third largest ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Flash of anti-Chinese xenophobia in the DR Congo

Anti-government protestors filled the streets of the DRC capital Kinshasa on January 19 and 20 to protest against a new election law making its way through the National Assembly. The new law calls for a national census before another presidential election is held which could lead to an unconstitutional extension in office by incumbent president Joseph Kabila. Rioters turned their ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Who are the Chinese in Africa?

Some say the number of Chinese in Africa now exceeds one million people, some even go as high as two million. Although no one has a precise accounting of just how many Chinese migrants now live on the continent, there is no doubt their numbers are large and growing. This week, we speak with Dr. Yoon Jung Park, one of ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China’s Second Continent: The Howard French Interview

China may be sincere in its belief that its engagement in Africa is not neo-colonial or imperial in nature but author Howard French argues that may be what ultimately happens if Beijing continues on its current path. In his provocative new book, China’s Second Continent, French travels across the continent to survey Chinese and African opinions about the PRC’s expansive ... Read More »

Sino-Africa marriages in China: ’til death do us part?’

A marriage boom of sorts is underway in China where a growing number of African men are tying the knot with Chinese women. While these new families are breaking long-held cultural stereotypes, they are also confronting a whole set of new challenges in the form of China’s byzantine legal system. The South China Morning Post’s Jenni Marsh joins us to ... Read More »

How to Stop Ivory Trade with the Chinese Connection?

After investigating the Chinese connection with the ivory trade in Africa for the past three months, below is my own conclusion about how it is possible to break the Chinese-ivory link. Experts have estimated that China is responsible for about 70% of world ivory market. Beyond statistics, I have witnessed it with my own eyes in Africa. In some countries ... Read More »