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How Chinese Traders Both Help and Hurt Local Merchants in Ghana

It’s well documented that a lot of people in Ghana and elsewhere in Africa resent the growing Chinese migrant presence, both in terms of the people who come and the Chinese way of doing business that is often culturally out of sync with local ...

Why South Africa's Large Chinese Population is Known as the "Quiet Community"​

The Chinese community in South Africa is one of the oldest and largest in Africa. But even though the history of Chinese migrants in SA dates back to the 1800s, most people in South Africa still know very little about this population. Known as ...

New Documentary Portrays a More Nuanced View of the African Migrant Experience in China

When filmmakers Zhang Yong, Hodan Abdi and Fu Dong set out to make a new documentary on the African migrant experience in China they were determined to ensure that their own voices and experiences came through in the story. Until now, most if not ...

The Hopes and Despair of African Migrants in China

Unlike the United States and countries in Europe, China has never been regarded as a popular destination for economic migrants. Today, that is no longer the case. China’s four-decade long economic boom is now a magnet for immigrants, particularly from Africa.The

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 ...

So What do Zambians REALLY Think of Chinese Immigrants?

For decades Zambia had been the flash point of anti-Chinese sentiment in Africa. Late president and outspoken opposition leader Michael Sata was unrivaled in his seething criticisms of both China and the Chinese who had migrated to his country. Prior to his election in ...

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 ...

China Was Once a Hot Destination for African Migrants, Not Anymore

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 ...

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 ...

[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 ...
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