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The China-Mediterranean Observer: Rising Alarm Across MENA About the Economic Impact of COVID-19

In February, the number of COVID-19 cases was still limited in the Mediterranean region. Hence, the media of the countries in the wider Mediterranean region mostly focused on the economic impact of the virus. Interestingly, some commentators in the Gulf, framed the appearance of the virus as ...

Egyptian Tourism Authorities Scramble to do Damage Control Following Viral Video of Chinese Tourist Abandoned by Taxi Drivers Shouting “Corona Corona!”

Egyptian tourism authorities are hoping that some flowers and a sincere apology to a Chinese tourist will make up for him being kicked out of a taxi and humiliated by drivers shouting "corona corona!" on Wednesday. The incident took place on ...

Racially Charged Conspiracy Theories About Why COVID-19 is Rarer in Africa Circulate Widely on African Twitter

While COVID-19 is now rapidly spreading in Europe and the United States, Africa, as far as we know, has so far largely been spared. This has prompted a heated discussion online about why the continent has seen so few infections. While ...

This Week’s Viral Video of Two Chinese People Being Harassed in Kenya Sparks an Unusual Response on Twitter: Sympathy

A longer 30-second version of the viral video of two Chinese nationals being verbally accosted by a group of Kenyan men shouting "you're corona!" started to circulate on Twitter yesterday and provoked an unexpected response from Kenyan social media users... kindness and sympathy.

Isolated, Alienated and Stigmatized in Kenya

One day, hopefully soon, scientists will find a cure for COVID-19 and things will start to get back to normal. Planes will start to fly, ports will reopen and people on both sides will try to get back to where they were just a couple of months ...

Chinese in Kenya Face Stigmatization and Discrimination Due to COVID-19

Chinese expatriates in Kenya and other African countries are becoming increasingly stigmatized by local populations fearful of contracting COVID-19. In major cities, ethnic Chinese people of all nationalities say they're confining themselves to their homes to avoid increasingly common confrontations. So ...

Outrage, Fury and Sadness Over Yet Another Racist Chinese Video Featuring African Children

Chinese and African vloggers are responding with fury and sadness to the emergence of yet another racist video online that purportedly shows an off-camera Chinese producer instructing African children in an unknown country to say racist and demeaning phrases in Chinese.

Chinese National Caught on Video Beating Local Kenyan Employee Will Soon be Deported

Kenyan authorities moved quickly on Sunday to arrest four Chinese nationals who were allegedly involved in the beating of a local Kenyan employee at Chez Wuo, a hotel restaurant in Nairobi. Bystanders captured the caning by one of the Chinese men on a video and then posted ...

South Africa’s Chinese Migrant Community Braces For Hostility and Racism in Response to Coronavirus Crisis

The coronavirus outbreak in China has sparked a wave of anti-Chinese racism in many countries around the world, prompting immigrant communities in places like Johannesburg to become increasingly concerned that old hostilities will resurface. South Africa's Eyewitness ...

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Chinese in Africa… But Were Too Afraid to Ask

The Chinese presence in Africa has been so sudden and so all-encompassing that it's left a lot of people confused. Chinese farmers now compete for space and customers in Lusaka's open-air markets, Chinese textiles are undercutting Nigerian manufacturers, tens of thousands of Africans now ...
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