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Chinese in Africa/Africans in China Research Network

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About

About the CA/AC

The Chinese in Africa/Africans in China Research Network is the world's largest independent, interdisciplinary, research network dedicated to China-Africa engagements. Established in 2007, the network currently hosts over 1,000 members around the world (on our combined listserv and WeChat groups) and includes experts in academia, diplomacy, media & communications, the arts & humanities, and international development.

The Network's mission is to help move the global conversation about China-Africa forward in a critical and constructive way while developing a transnational community of scholars and practitioners who value dialogue, equity, and inclusiveness. Our primary goals are to facilitate intellectual exchange, promote academic research, and share information about engagements between China and the African continent.

We host a website, a listserv, and a WeChat group; we organize panels at international conferences, host our own CA/AC conference every second year, and organize other China-Africa events around the globe; we facilitate the publication of members' research in the media, online and open access platforms, and academic journals and books; and we work closely with other China-Africa and Africa-Asia institutions and networks and the media.

Mission

Our Mission

The mission of the CA/AC Research Network is to promote debate and cutting-edge research and ideas about China-Africa issues by supporting and encouraging the work of international scholars, students, media professionals and practitioners who are engaged in this growing field. We do this through our various networking activities.

The CA/AC Research Network provides the only independent and international platform for real-time discussions, interactive debates, and insightful knowledge-sharing through the use of digital media and conferences. We foster exchange and discussion about the growing relationship between Chinese and Africans by playing a leading role in developing an active community of researchers and experts. Beyond our network, we also offer knowledge, experience, and expertise from the field to a wider interested public. And through this website, we hope to share these resources with the students, scholars, and the general public.

In addition to providing two dynamic interactive virtual platforms where members meet, debate, inquire, and stay in touch, the CA/AC Research Network organizes conferences, workshops, and events around the world. These events have spurred dozens of publications, including special issues of African & Asian Studies Journal, Journal of Contemporary China, African Studies Review, the Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, Journal of African Cultural Studies, and the Journal of Chinese Overseas. In addition, we provide the media with nuanced analysis and informed perspectives based on extensive field research.

History

Our History

In 2007, in response to both the increasingly polarized media coverage of the "China-in-Africa" narrative and the dearth of scholarship on the people-to-people experience, a small group of scholars – at the time based in southern Africa (at the University of Johannesburg, the University of Pretoria, the Centre for Chinese Studies, the South African Institute of International Affairs, and the African Labour Research Network) and Hong Kong (at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the University of Hong Kong) – decided to form a small research working group focused on grounded, empirical research with the aim of learning what was happening at the grassroots level and hoping to provide alternative narratives. We raised some funds, conducted several independent and joint research projects, and organized a conference to present our findings and meet with other scholars working in the growing field.

The first small international working conference, hosted by the University of Johannesburg in 2009, attracted a group of about 3 dozen scholars from around the globe. In keeping with the grassroots nature of the initial research working group, we also hosted a public event inviting members of the local Chinese South African community to participate and share their experiences. Post-conference, our China-Africa network grew to about 30 China-African researchers and has continued to expand, mostly by word of mouth. Initially maintaining contact via email, we decided to start a listserv (via Google Groups) once the membership topped 100 in 2010. In response to increasing numbers of Chinese members (and members based in China) we also launched a WeChat group in 2018.

For over a decade the Network membership has continued to grow, organically, year-on-year, as more and more researchers and practitioners turned their attention to China and Africa engagement. With a core of dedicated sociologists, anthropologists, human geographers, and ethnographers who retain a focus on the people-to-people aspects of China-Africa engagement, the Network's membership currently represents a broad range of China-Africa researchers and practitioners including people from media and communications, the arts, as well as development, environment, and security-focused organizations. Today, we have over 1,200 members across our listserv and WeChat platforms.

Since our first conference, we have found institutional hosts and secured funding to hold conferences every 2-3 years. Our CA/AC conferences have been hosted by the Center for Sociological Research at the University of Johannesburg (2009); Monash University, South Africa campus (2012); Jinan University, Guangzhou (2014); The Graduate School of Media and Communications of Aga Khan University, Nairobi (2016); and the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels (2018). Our planned 2020 conference, to be hosted by Lingnan University in Hong Kong, has been rescheduled to July 2022 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition to organizing our own conferences, we have organized other international conferences including the International Convention of Asia Scholars, the Association for Asian Studies, the African Studies Association, American Anthropological Association, the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Association of Asia Studies in Africa, and the International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas. Several of these conferences and conference panels have resulted in special journal issues, edited volumes, and numerous scholarly articles.

From 2013 through 2016 the CA/AC Research Network partnered with the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), known for its work as a social sciences incubator. With generous support from the Henry Luce Foundation, we worked with the SSRC to establish the China-Africa Knowledge Project Research Hub. In addition to creating a website, we hosted a conference with Yale University, created an advisory body, and began to consolidate our institutional partnerships.

In 2017, the CA/AC registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the state of Maryland and received our US tax-exempt status (EIN 82-1781039). We also began a relationship with the African and Asian Studies Centers at Michigan State University to host our new website. In mid-2021, the African Studies Center also agreed to serve as the Network's administrative and communications headquarters. We are currently seeking funding to consolidate this partnership, strengthen our networks, and expand our activities.

Since our founding, the CA/AC Research Network has nurtured a unique international community of scholars and practitioners, dedicated to research-based, independent scholarship and work. From our modest beginnings in Johannesburg, South Africa, we aim to strengthen and support our African partners as we continue to provide leadership to this growing global community.

Our Team

Our Team

The strength of the CA/AC Research Network is attributed to the researchers and practitioners around the globe who work collaboratively to build connections across disciplines and regions. You can find additional information below about our Executive Director, Executive Board, and Institutional Partners.

Executive Director

Dr. Yoon Jung Park

Executive Director and Co-Founder
Adjunct Professor, African Studies, Georgetown University
Research Associate (non-resident), Department of Sociology, Rhodes University

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Yoon Jung Park is a leader in the growing field of China/Africa studies and one of the foremost experts of Chinese people in Southern Africa. She is the author of A Matter of Honour: Being Chinese in South Africa (Jacana/Lexington Books) and dozens of articles and book chapters in scholarly publications including African Studies Review, African Studies, African & Asian Studies, The Journal of Chinese Overseas, Transformation, and the Journal of Ethnic and Migrations Studies (forthcoming). She has also edited and co-edited several special China-Africa issues of respected journals. She is currently completing her second book, focused on "new" Chinese migrants in Africa. Park has affiliations at the Sociology Department at Rhodes University (South Africa) and African Studies at Georgetown University (Washington, DC). She has taught at the University of the Witwatersrand (or Wits), University of Johannesburg, American University, and Howard University. She holds degrees from Wits (PhD, Sociology), the Fletcher School (MA, International Affairs), and Pitzer College (BA, Sociology/Women's Studies). She was born in Seoul; grew up in Los Angeles; lived much of her adult life in Johannesburg (1994-2000, 2003-2010) and Nairobi (2000-2003); and is currently based in the greater Washington, DC area. She has also lived in Cuernavaca (Mexico), Boston, San Jose (Costa Rica).

Park's work sits at the intersections of migration studies, Africa and China studies, work on the Global South, and identity studies. Her research focuses on ethnic Chinese in southern Africa and perceptions of Chinese people by local communities, centering on transnational migration, race/ethnicity/identity, race/class/power, gender, affirmative action, and xenophobia.

Executive Board

Dr. Jamie Monson, Chair

Jamie Monson.jpgJamie Monson is the director of African Studies at Michigan State University, where she is also a professor of History. Professor Monson received her MA in African Area Studies and her PhD in African History from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her current research focuses on Chinese development assistance to Africa. She is a specialist on the TAZARA railway, a development project built in Tanzania and Zambia with Chinese development cooperation in the 1970s. Her book, Africa's Freedom Railway: How a Chinese Development Project Changed Lives and Livelihoods in Tanzania (Indiana, 2009) has been widely acclaimed and has been recently published in Chinese (2015). Her documentary film TAZARA Stories (2021) tells the story of railway work through oral history interviews with retired workers in Tanzania, Zambia and China. Prof. Monson's new research projects concern women's delegations from East Africa to China, technology transfer and civil diplomacy in China-Africa engagement. She also has a strong background in African agricultural and environmental history, an interest she developed originally as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya.

Solange Guo Chatelard, Secretary

Solange Chatelard.JPGSolange Guo Chatelard is a research associate at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Belgium. She studied at the London School of Economics and Sciences Po Paris in France. Her research centers on the link between China's domestic reforms and its international implications, with a focus on foreign policy and migration. Since 2008, she has focused on China's new global engagements with Africa based on an extended case study of Zambia in Southern Africa. She has conducted long term ethnographic field work in China, Zambia, as well as other African states. Solange has also produced two film documentaries about China's growing presence in Africa, When China Met Africa (2011) co-produced by BBC and ARTE and winner of the 2010 Margaret Mead Film Award in New York; and the investigative film documentary King Cobra and the Dragon (2012) for Al Jazeera. Committed to public outreach beyond academia, Solange works extensively with global media outlets such as the BBC, France 24, CNN, Al Jazeera, ARTE, and National Geographic, providing insight and analysis through interviews, debates, articles and film documentaries about China's growing global impact.

Dr. Lina Benabdallah, Treasurer

Lina Benabdallah.jpegLina Benabdallah is an assistant professor of Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University. She is the author of Shaping the Future of Power: Knowledge Production and Network-Building in China-Africa Relations. Her research has appeared in several academic journals including International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of International Relations and Development, Third World Quarterly, African Studies Quarterly, and Project on Middle East Political Science, as well as in public facing outlets such as The Washington Post's Monkey Cage and Foreign Policy. Dr. Benabdallah is also a Johns Hopkins China Africa Research Initiative research associate and a contributing editor for Africa Is a Country. She earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Florida in 2017 and has conducted fieldwork in Beijing, Jinhua, Addis Ababa, Nairobi, and Bamako. 

Dr. Liu Haifang

Liu Haifang.jpgLiu Haifang is an associate professor in the School of International Studies, Peking University. She serves as director of the Centre for African Studies, Peking University, and the vice president of the Chinese Society of African Historical Studies. She previously worked for the Institute of West Asian and African Studies (IWAAS), the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and was a visiting scholar at the University of Oslo, the Institute of African Studies, Carleton University, Stellenbosch University (South Africa) and The Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. Dr. Liu has authored, edited and translated numerous publications in English and Mandarin, including books, such as The Transformative Development of Africa and South-South Cooperation in Agriculture Sector (both English and Chinese versions), Beijing Forum 2017: Emerging Trends in Sino-African Development Cooperation, Special Agricultural Foreign Direct Investment in Zambia (both English and Chinese versions), and General History of Africa: Angola. She has contributed chapters on aspects of China's comprehensive presence in Africa to several volumes published by Zed, Brill, Palgrave, Fahamu Publishing house and Routledge. She also has contributed to international academic journals as both a reviewer and author. Liu's current research topics include new migrants between China and Africa, Chinese company history in Africa, African perceptions of China and Chinese migrants, Chinese aid, China-African relations, African sustainable development studies and contemporary Africa international relations. She teaches courses like Comprehensive African Studies, Introduction to Africa, African Politics and International Relations, Sino-African Relations, Theories on Afro-Asian Studies, and Chinese Perspectives on Global Migration both in English and Chinese at PKU.

Dr. Obert Hodzi

Obert Hodzi Picture (2).jpegObert Hodzi is a lecturer in Politics at the University of Liverpool, UK, with research interests in the politics of human rights and development, and non-Western emerging powers in global governance with empirical expertise in China and Africa. He is author of the book The End of a Non-Intervention Era: China in African Civil Wars (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) and editor of Chinese in Africa: 'Chineseness' and the Complexities of Identities (Routledge, 2020). Previously, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He has been a visiting researcher at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies, Nordic Africa Institute, Renmin University of China, and the African Studies Centre at Boston University. He also worked for international and regional organizations in Zimbabwe, Kenya and Germany on democratic governance and transitional justice projects – and is admitted as a legal practitioner in the High Court of Zimbabwe.

Dr. Tu Huynh

Tu Huynh.jpegTu Huynh is an associate professor in the School of International Studies/Academy of Overseas Chinese Studies at Jinan University in Guangzhou, China. Her research interests include studies of Chineseness, diaspora, culture and political economy, as well as the socialization of contemporary Africa-China relations. Her regional specialty is South Africa and China, and their roles in global south making. Dr. Huynh received a PhD in sociology from SUNY Binghamton and held an Andrew Mellon postdoctoral fellowship at Rhodes University (Makhanda, South Africa). She joined Jinan University in 2013, first as a postdoctoral fellow and then as acting associate professor before holding the title of associate professor. She is the recipient of two Volkswagen Foundation research grants: one for a project titled "Chinese indentured labor as 'new slavery': Historical perspectives from South Africa and China" and the other "Communication during and another COVID-19: (re)producing social inequalities and/or opportunities among African migrants in the United Arab Emirates and China." The projects are part of an international research unit affiliated with the Global South Studies Center, where she is an associated researcher. Dr. Huynh is also a co-founder of the Chinese in Africa/Africans in China Research Network.

Dr. Josh Maiyo

Maiyo potrait 06-2019 (1).jpgJosh Maiyo is a lecturer of Political Ecology, Environment and Development at the United States International University - Africa, in the Department of International Relations, School of Humanities and Social Sciences. His research interests lie in the intersection between the political ecology of development, human geography and land and environmental governance. He has undertaken research and published on issues of transnational land deals (land grabbing), land governance and agrarian change. Other previous research projects undertaken include studies of the political ecology of Chinese land-based investments, Chinese Agriculture Technology Development Cooperation (ATDC), and the political ecology and Chinese infrastructure projects in East Africa. Dr. Maiyo obtained his PhD in Social Sciences from the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam (2018) and was a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for International Conflict and Management (CICAM) at Radboud University, Nijmegen in the Netherlands (2019). Prior to that, he was a non-resident research associate at the China-Africa Research Initiative (SAIS-CARI), Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

Dr. ​​Rirhandu Mageza-Bartel

Rirhandu.pngRirhandu Mageza-Barthel is a visiting professor and holds the chair for International Gender Politics at the University of Kassel (Germany). Prior to this she was a senior researcher and lectured in the Department of Political Science, Goethe University Frankfurt. African-Chinese relations feature in her research, which centers on the normative dynamics of international relations and postcolonial politics. Among other publications, she is the author of Mobilising Transnational Gender Politics in Post-Genocide Rwanda (Routledge, 2015) and co-editor of Afrasian Transformations: Transregional Perspectives on Development Cooperation, Social Mobility, and Cultural Change (Brill, 2020).

Dr. Barry Sautman

Barry photo (1).jpgBarry Sautman is a political scientist and lawyer at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. His research on China-Africa links, with fieldwork done in China and more than a dozen African countries, has focused on mining and agricultural investments, infrastructure building, localization of enterprises, and African-Chinese interactions in African workplaces and neighborhoods. He also researches China's lending and the Belt and Road Initiative, Hong Kong nativism in comparative perspective, and yellow peril ideology and the covid-19 pandemic. His articles have appeared in both social science and law journals and he serves on the boards of the Chinese in Africa/Africans in China Research Network and the journal Asian Ethnicity. Co-authored with Yan Hairong, his latest published monograph is 中国在非洲: 话语 与实踐 (China in Africa: Discourse and Practice) (北京: 中国社会科学文獻出版社).

Global Advisory Board

Chris ALDEN
Professor, Department of International Relations, The London School of Economics and Political Science; Associate Senior Research Fellow on South African Foreign Policy and China-Africa Relations, South African Institute of International Affairs

Deborah BRÄUTIGAM
Bernard L. Schwartz Professor in International Political Economy, Director of China-Africa Research Initiative, Director of International Development, Johns Hopkins University, School for Advanced International Studies

Michael CHEGE
Professor of African Development Studies, Institute of Development and International Studies, University of Nairobi

Anna Ying CHEN
CFO, Elleyhill Holdings, South Africa

Fantu CHERU
Professor Emeritus, School of International Service, American University; Senior Researcher at the African Studies Centre, Leiden University (The Netherlands); Associate Senior Fellow at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)

Mamadou DIAWARA
Professor, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Goethe University; and Director, Point Sud, Bamako

Heidi Østbø HAUGEN
Professor of China Studies, University of Oslo

HE Wenping
Professor and Research Program Director of African Studies Section, Institute of West Asian & African Studies at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (Beijing)

Evelyn HU-DEHART
Professor of History and Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, Brown University

LI Anshan
Director of the Institute of Afro-Asian Studies, SIS, Peking University and Vice-president of the Chinese Society of African Historical Studies

LI Minghuan
Distinguished professor of the Academy of Overseas Chinese Studies, Jinan University; Professor Emeritus, Institute of Population Studies, Xiamen University

Kgomotso MOAHI
Full professor and Deputy Vice Chancellor for student services, Botswana Open University

Sanusha NAIDU
Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Global Dialogue, UNISA (South Africa)

Pál NYIRI
Professor, Faculty of Humanities, Art and Culture, History, Antiquity and Faculty of Social Sciences, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Vrije Universteit Amsterdam

Thierry PAIRAULT
Emeritus Research Director, French National Centre for Scientific Research

Frank PIEKE
Professor, Modern Chinese Studies, University of Leiden

Bob Job WEKESA
Partnerships, research and communications coordinator at the African Centre for the Study of the United States based at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Frank YOUNGMAN
Deputy Vice-Chancellor for academic affairs, Botswana Open University

ZHANG Zhenjiang
Professor of International Relations; Dean, School of International Studies/the Academy of Overseas Chinese, Jinan University

Institutional Funders and Partners

Institutional Support

Events and conference hosts and co-hosts

Past funders

Past partners and host institutions

Resources

Teaching and Research Resources

We have curated a collection of resources for students, teachers, researchers, and "followers" of the China-Africa relationship. Below you will find links to nearly everything you need to know about China-Africa research. We provide a rolling list of blogs, podcasts, and news sites; lists of selected course outlines/syllabi, curated reading lists, bibliographies, and visual media resources; and a current list of new books on China-Africa. We will try to update these once every few months.

Course Outlines

Increasingly, institutions of higher learning are adding courses specifically on China-Africa to their curricula. Based on our research, Howard University's African Studies Department was one of the first, offering a course on China and Africa in the Spring of 2010. China-Africa (and related) courses are being offered in the US, the UK, China, France, Germany and South Africa in various languages, for undergraduates, graduates, and as short courses for professionals. We've listed them here by discipline.

As more of these come to our attention, we'll add them. Have you taken or taught a course that should be listed here? Please contact us.

African Studies

Development Studies

Political Science/International Relations

Sociology/Social Sciences

Curated Reading Lists

Back when we first started studying China-Africa relations, you could literally read everything published. These days this is an impossible task and it can be overwhelming, especially for new researchers just entering the field. Therefore, we have joined with university partners to create these guided reading lists on selected topics relevant to the field.

These curated readings lists have been created by graduate students or by undergraduate students under the guidance of senior China-Africa scholars and provide a topic-specific and user-friendly way to start (or continue) your China-Africa education. These are not meant to be exhaustive lists of everything written on each country or thematic area/sector, but rather a thoughtful compilation of where to start with an introduction to some of the key issues, trends, and authors to follow.

Digital Resources

Websites and Blogs

The following list is a snapshot of some of the most informative websites and blogs that cover Africa-China topics.

  • Africa is a Country
    Founded by Sean Jacobs in 2009, Africa is a Country publishes opinion, analysis, and news writing on a wide variety of topics related to Africa. The site contains a number of articles on China-Africa relations.
  • Africa at LSE
    From the London School of Economics, this collection of expert analysis on African affairs aims to "place the continent at the heart of global debates" and contains several articles on China-Africa relations.
  • Africans in China
    Administered by Dr. Roberto Castillo of Lingnan University, this website contains a wealth of information on Africans in China (with a particular focus on Guangzhou), and aims to serve as an open-access archive for scholars and journalists doing research on anything related to the African presence in China.
  • Afrobarometer
    Afrobarometer describes itself as a "non-partisan, pan-African research institution conducting public attitude surveys on democracy, governance, the economy and society in 30+ countries repeated on a regular cycle," and several of their surveys pertain to contemporary China-Africa relations.
  • Afro-Asian Networks
    Initially founded through a collaboration between the University of Bristol and the University of Leiden, this global and transnational history research network has produced collaborative journal articles, blog entries, and data visualization projects related to Afro-Asian connections in the twentieth century.
  • Black Livity
    Black Livity aims to document "African and Afro-diasporic experiences in China and in relation to China for the benefit of our global community," and includes articles on a wide variety of China-Africa topics by African and Caribbean authors who have lived or are currently living in China.
  • Black China Caucus
    The Black China Caucus "strives to enhance the presence and participation of all self-identifying Black professionals specializing in any aspect that furthers the holistic understanding of China." The website contains a directory of Black experts on China, as well as curated reading lists, blog posts, and opinion pieces, many of which relate to China-Africa topics.
  • China in Africa: The Real Story
    With many posts authored by Dr. Deborah Brautigam, the official blog of the China Africa Research Initiative (CARI) at Johns Hopkins University contains posts on a wide assortment of China-Africa topics dating back to 2010.
  • Centre for Chinese Studies, Stellenbosch University: Publications
    The Centre for Chinese Studies at Stellenbosch University in South Africa produces a wide variety of regular publications, many of which feature articles on China-Africa relations.
  • The China Story
    Funded by the Australian government, the China Story Project is managed by the Australian Centre on China in the World at the College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University (ANU). The China Story Blog contains several posts on China-Africa relations.
  • ChinAfrica/ChinAfrique
    Produced by Chinese state media and a subset of the weekly foreign-language magazine Beijing Review (previously Peking Review), this website features Chinese reporting on a wide variety of China-Africa topics. In English, French, and Mandarin Chinese.
  • The China Africa Advisory
    The China Africa Advisory is "an independent Africa and China-focused advisory firm that assists governments, international organizations and businesses to realize sustainable development in African countries." While their blog is no longer updated, the Twitter account provides an excellent regular news digest of all things China-Africa.
  • Development Reimagined: Our Analysis
    Development Reimagined describes themselves as "a diverse and multilingual team of consultants with expertise in the fields of international development, diplomacy, environment and public relations, across all regions of the world." This analysis series contains several blog posts on China-Africa relations.
  • From Africa to China
    Founded in 2015 by four African women when they were studying at Peking University as Yenching scholars, this storytelling platform on China-Africa engagement no longer publishes new material but remains a valuable archive.
  • The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn
    A former US ambassador to Ethiopia and Burkina Faso, Ambassador David Shinn maintains an active blog devoted to China-Africa relations. See his blog for a link to his well-maintained and ever-growing bibliography of all things China-Africa.
  • South African Institute of International Affairs — China and Africa Research
    The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) describes itself as "an independent public policy think tank advancing a well governed, peaceful, economically sustainable and globally engaged Africa." SAIIA maintains a dedicated China-Africa "theme" and regularly publishes analyses on the topic.
  • SupChina
    This New York-based news platform aims to "inform and connect a global audience regarding the business, technology, politics, culture, and society of China" and regularly covers China-Africa relations.
  • Wilson Center Digital Archive, China and Africa Collection
    This open-access digitized, curated archival collection from the Wilson Center's "International History Declassified" project contains fifty-one translated and contextualized documents on China-Africa relations during the Cold War, primarily from the PRC Ministry of Foreign Affairs archives.
  • Wits Africa-China Reporting Project
    Funded by the Ford Foundation, the Africa-China Reporting project is hosted by the Journalism Department of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and aims to "improve the quality of reporting on Africa-China issues by providing facilitation and capacity building for journalists via reporting grants, workshops and other opportunities." Their website contains a wealth of timely reporting on all things China-Africa, written primarily by African, Africa-based journalists.

Podcasts

The following podcasts in English, French, and Mandarin Chinese each cover China-Africa topics, and most also have accompanying websites and blogs that members will find useful.

  • The Belt and Road Podcast
    This podcast from Erik Myxter-lino and Juliet Lu aims to feature "the latest news, research and analysis of China's growing presence in the developing world" and contains several episodes on Africa. In English.
  • China Africa Project
    Founded in 2010 by journalist Eric Olander and media scholar Cobus van Staden, this weekly podcast covers a diverse variety of China-Africa topics and includes interviews with a wide range of journalists, academics, and practitioners (including several CA/AC members). In English. While the podcast is free, paid subscribers to the website receive a daily news digest, and access to both a China-Africa experts network and the full archive of news analysis and articles. See their YouTube channel for regular postings of the podcast audio.
  • Cowries and Rice
    Although no longer active, this China-Africa podcast by Winslow Robertson ran for 79 episodes and features interviews with many CA/AC members. In English. His blog also contains valuable China-Africa commentary and analysis.
  • NüVoices
    Featuring women and minority China experts, this bi-monthly podcast series includes several episodes on China-Africa relations, Chinese in Africa and Africans in China, and race and racism in China. In English. The website also includes a directory of more than 600 women experts on Greater China, as well as a magazine.
  • Radio Chine Afrique
    Produced by Chinese state media, this podcast from the website Chinafrica/Chinafrique (see above) featured 16 short episodes on China-Africa relations before ending production in 2018. The episodes are still available at the link above. In French.
  • 时差 in-betweennes‪s‬
    Billing itself as "a podcast for young(ish) Sinophone scholars talking stuff," this podcast includes an episode on "everyday Sino-African relations" and on race and racism in China. In Mandarin Chinese.

New Books

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2020

2019

Visual Media

  • When China met Africa (2010)
    A film by Marc and Nick Francis. This documentary examines China-Zambia relations through the lives of three people: a Chinese farmer in Zambia, a Chinese project manager working on a road-building project in Zambia, and the Zambian trade minister. 
  • King Cobra and the Dragon (2012)
    A documentary film produced by Al Jazeera – People and Power episode. Researcher Solange Chatelard and filmmaker Scott Corben explore China-Zambia relations in this short documentary for Al Jazeera.
  • China Remix (2015)
    A film by Dorian Carli-Jones and Melissa Lefkowitz. This short documentary tells the stories of three African hip-hop artists making their lives in China.
  • Guangzhou Dream Factory (2016)
    A documentary film by Christiane Badgley and Erica Marcus. Featuring the stories of African migrants in Guangzhou from Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda, this documentary serves as a critique of global capitalism. 
  • The Ivory Game (2016)
    A documentary film by Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani. Available on Netflix in the US, this documentary was filmed in Africa and China and explores the global ivory trade (note that it was made prior to China's 2017 domestic ivory trade ban). Read a review.
  • 莱索托/ Laisuotuo (2016)
    A short film by Carl Houston McMillan. This short narrative film, about an African immigrant in China and a Chinese immigrant in Lesotho, is available for free on YouTube. Listen to the filmmaker discuss the project with the China-Africa Project here, and read a review.
  • Behind the Belt: A Look at China's Cultural Influence in Kenya (2017)
    Documentary film by Philip Man and Jidi Guo. This short documentary film can be viewed for free on YouTube, and the independent filmmakers discuss their project in an interview with the China-Africa Project.
  • 战狼2/Wolf Warrior 2 (2017)
    Action Movie directed by Wu Jing. This blockbuster action film—in which a heroic Chinese soldier protects medical aid workers and Chinese interests in a fictitious African country—was hugely successful in China. It also provoked a great deal of discussion and analysis abroad for its brash nationalism, and is the origin of the term "Wolf Warrior Diplomacy" (now regularly used to describe confrontational rhetoric from Chinese diplomats). See a review from the New York Times, an essay by a Chinese academic, and an analysis of how Africa is depicted in the film by a China-based Malawian scholar for a range of opinions on the film.
  • Africans in Yiwu/ 非洲人在义乌 (2017)
    Documentary film by Zhang Yong, Hodan O. Abdi, and Fu Dong. This documentary focuses on the experiences and relationships of the African and Chinese residents living in Yiwu, a manufacturing city with a large African population. Read a review.
  • NA China/ 寄生中國 無關上流 (2020)
    Documentary film directed by Marie Voignier. This film documents the experiences of three African businesswomen in Guangzhou as they set up their businesses and grapple with the global economy.
  • 非"州"人:隔阂,偏见与沟通/Africans in Guangzhou: Misunderstanding, Discrimination, and Communication (2020)
    This short documentary by six Chinese high school students explores the relationship between Africans and Chinese in Guangzhou in the aftermath of the widespread persecution of the African community in spring 2020.
  • 蓝色防线/The Blue Defensive Line (2020)
    Documentary film, CCTV6 Movie Channel. This Chinese state media-produced documentary chronicles the experiences of Chinese UN peacekeeping troops in South Sudan.
  • TAZARA Stories: Remembering Work on a China-African Railway Project (2021)
    Documentary film, Jamie Monson. Filmed in Tanzania, Zambia, and China, this film features oral interviews with African and Chinese workers who worked on the Cold War-era TAZARA railway project.
  • Wode Maya
    The purpose of this YouTube channel, run by a young freelance Ghanaian vlogger, is to challenge dominant negative narratives about Africa and Africans. He spent a significant amount of time in the PRC, and searching for "China" on his page yields a large quantity of results, including videos on Africans in China and on Chinese in Africa.
  • CGTN Africa
    English-language YouTube Channel for CGTN Africa (Chinese state media), updated frequently with new content. See also CGTN Français for CGTN's French-language channel with lots of reporting from Africa (in particular Francophone African countries).


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