China/ Africa

Why is “China” so hard to get to? Everyone, left to right, seems to agree, while knowing not very much, that China=danger. Going by popular press accounts of China alone (in the run-up to May 2008) it seemed like the Chinese in South Africa were sitting targets for extreme-nationalistic gun practice. And yet…

Veteran New York Times correspondent Howard French writes the expanding role of China in Africa here (also see NYT’s Howard French archive.) French is currently working on an in-depth, journalistic account of the dramatic increase in Chinese migration to Africa in the past decade. More here.

Also see:

Sipho Hlongwane on A media’s China coverage sucks and here’s why in the Daily Maverick

Hoe’s my China nou? by John Matshikiza in the M&G which was immediately panned (but brought into focus that in SA at least, there’s an ‘our China’ and ‘their China’).

And Chocolate City ; the New Yorker on on Nigeriatown; Artists Bill Kouélany & Goddy Leye’s “Chocolate Banana” ; Farhad A.K. Sulliman KHOYRATTY’s Journey to the West published at 2010 IWP.

Scores of books, studies and papers have been published on China/ Africa – see below for a list of books published before May 2008 – in most cases these focus on political and economic exchange – but there is another side to the story….

We turn our focus onto society and cultural: the sedimentation and circulation of people, material objects, gossip, food, art and ideas in the everyday; the intertwining stories, conflicts, and coming-togethers, all of which are obscured by the numerous official accounts.

How are Chinese perceived in africa and African’s in China? On a whole, stereotypes persist but how to account for the seemingly rapid integration by Chinese on the continent: from Chinese Makossa singer, Liu de Karmer (Zhen Ping Liu) who died in 2006 (more here) to adopting local foods? Why is cultural exchange between Africa and China so limit? e.g. despite China’s massive publishing industry only 3 African writers have been translated into Chinese (Coetzee, Gordimer and Achebe).

It’s estimated that nearly 800 000 Chinese are working or living “for extended periods” on the continent – how is this movement orchestrated, what’s its actual practical roll out on the ground and how do emigrants find their footing?

CHINA/ AFRICA Books:

AFRICA IN CHINA’S GLOBAL STRATEGY
Kitissou, Marcel (Ed.)
ADONIS & ABBEY.
2007 9781905068883 Paperback

AFRICAN PERSPECTIVES ON CHINA IN AFRICA
Manji, Firoze & Marks, Stephen (Eds.)
FAHAMU & SOLIDARITY FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS.
2007 9780954563738 Paperback

AFRICA’S SILK ROAD: China and India’s New Economic Frontier
Broadman, Harry G.
WORLD BANK PUBLICATIONS.
2006 9780821368350 Paperback

CHINA, AFRICA AND SOUTH AFRICA: South-South co-operation in a global era
le Pere, Garth & Shelton, Garth
SOUTH AFRICA. INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL DIALOGUE.
2007 9781920216009 Paperback

CHINA IN AFRICA
Waldron, Arthur (Ed.)
USA. THE JAMESTOWN FOUNDATION.
2008 9780981690506 Paperback

CHINA IN AFRICA
Melber, Henning (Ed.)
SWEDEN. NORDIC AFRICA INSTITUTE.
2007 9789171065896 Pamphlet
CHINA IN AFRICA

CHINA AND AFRICA: Engagement and Compromise
Taylor, Ian
UK. ROUTLEDGE.
2006 9780415397407 Hardback

CHINA IN AFRICA: Mercantilist predator, or partner in development?
le Pere, Garth (Ed.)
SOUTH AFRICA. INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL DIALOGUE.
2007 9781919697963 Paperback LIMITED AVAILABILITY

CHINA IN AFRICA: Partner, Competitor or Hegemon?
Alden, Chris
ZED BOOKS.
2007 9781842778647 Paperback

CHINA INTO AFRICA: Trade, Aid, and Influence
Rotberg, Robert I. (Ed.)
USA. BROOKINGS.
2008 9780815775614 Paperback

CHINA RETURNS TO AFRICA: A Rising Power and a Continent Embrace
Alden, Chris, Large, D. & De Oliveira, Ricardo Soares (Eds.)
UK. HURST.
2008 9781850658863 Paperback

CHINA’S NEW ROLE IN AFRICA AND THE SOUTH: A search for a new perspective
Guerrero, Dorothy-Grace & Manji, Firoze (Eds.)
UK. FAHAMU.
2008 9781906387266 Paperback

CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON? Africa and China
Naidu, Sanusha & Ampiah, Kweku (Eds.)
SOUTH AFRICA. UNIVERSITY OF KWAZULU-NATAL PRESS.
2008 9781869141509 Paperback

ENTER THE DRAGON: Towards a Free Trade Agreement Between China and the Southern African Customs Union
Draper, Peter & le Pere, Garth (Eds.)
SOUTH AFRICAN INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS.
2005 1919697802 Paperback

THE NEW SINOSPHERE: China in Africa
Wild, Leni & Mepham, David (Eds.)
UK. IPPR.
2006 1860303021 Paperback

TOWARDS CHINA INC? Assessing the Implications for Africa
Mills, Greg & Skidmore, Natasha (Eds.)
SOUTH AFRICAN INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS.
2004 1919969268 Paperback

Chinese and African perspectives on China in Africa
Axel Harneit-Sievers, Stephen Marks, Sanusha Naidu
Fahamu/Pambazuka, 2010

The New Presence of China in Africa
Meine Pieter van Dijk
Amsterdam University Press, 2010

China and Africa Development Relations
Christopher M. Dent
Taylor & Francis, 2010

The dragon’s gift: the real story of China in Africa
Deborah Bräutigam
Oxford University Press, 2009

China Safari: On the Trail of Beijing’s Expansion in Africa
Serge Michel, Michel Beuret, Paolo Woods
Nation Books, 201

China and the European Union in Africa: Partners Or Competitors?
Jing Men, Benjamin Barton
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2011

The Forum on China-Africa Cooperation
Ian Taylor
Taylor & Francis, 2011

China’s African challenges
Sarah Raine
Routledge for the International Institute for Strategic Studies, 2009

The China-Africa Parallax: A Ryan and Gillian Mystery
Larry Andrews
AuthorHouse, 2011

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