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Chinese Tourist Arrivals in Africa Are up, so Why Aren't African Travel Companies More Excited?

Africa is becoming an increasingly popular holiday destination among adventure-seeking Chinese tourists. The numbers of visitors who went to Africa in 2016 was up sharply due to looser visa restrictions and new direct flights between China and Ethiopia, Kenya and South Africa among other ...

The Enduring Popularity of Chinese Kung Fu Movies in Africa

The Chinese government is spending billions of dollars around the world to expand its already massive global media footprint. Africa is a major destination for a lot of that investment. Although it is not clear how much money the Chinese have spent ...

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 ...

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 ...

Does It Make Sense for Africans to Learn Mandarin Chinese?

The South African government's 2015 decision to add Mandarin Chinese to the national curriculum sparked an uproar that baffled people in other, often more affluent societies around the world where the demand to learn ...

Outrage Over the #RacistChineseAd: What Did We Learn?

The company behind the racist Chinese laundry detergent ad that sparked widespread online outrage around the world issued a half-hearted apology for the uproar it caused. Actually, it was one of those 'we're ...

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 ...

Race, Culture and the Politics of Being Black in China

Being black in China is not easy, but it's not as bad as many would have you think, according to our two guests this week who are both black immigrants currently living in Beijing. Sure, people stare a lot and there are often some ...

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. ...

The Transformative Power of Chinese-African Conversations

The following article was written by Gu Ruirui through a partnership with China House Kenya. “Before going to Africa, I didn’t realize that ivory requires killing,” said Elaina, a 16-year-old student on a volunteer trip to Africa. “In my imagination, people took ivory from elephants ...
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