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[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 »

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 »

[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 »

[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 »

[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] The Chinese “invasion” of Africa’s informal economy

Tens of thousands of independent, small-scale Chinese merchants are “invading” Africa’s informal economy, posing a long term economic risk for the continent according to University of North Carolina professor Margaret C. Lee. Professor Lee joins us this week to talk about the pressure African merchants are facing from these Chinese traders and the dire long term consequences that could arise ... Read More »

How Social Media Impacts China-Africa Relations and Migration

By Jinghao Lu and Cobus van Staden Why is the Internet so important in the lives of Chinese migrants to Africa? Many scholars have pointed out that the Chinese employees of Chinese enterprises in many African countries are willing or encouraged to live an isolated lifestyle away from interaction with the local community. As compensation, the companies usually provide fast ... Read More »