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[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] A new generation of Chinese social entrepreneurs emerges in Africa

The story of the The story of the Chinese in Africa is one that has been largely defined by either state or corporate interests. Whereas there are hundreds, if not thousands, of Western non-governmental organizations and other civil society groups have long been active in Africa, there are a just a handful of similar Chinese organizations dedicated to charity and ... 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] 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] Chinese studies at the University of Botswana

It’s long been said that while China may have an Africa policy, African do not have a China policy. In particular, too many Africans do not understand the language, culture and politics of their new number one trading partner. The University of Botswana, for its part, is trying to change that. UB has one of the most ambitious Chinese studies ... Read More »