A Youth Perspective on the 2017 Elections in Kenya and Rwanda

– Wadeisor Rukato

The second half of 2017 has been a particularly dynamic time when it comes to African elections and the transfer of power amongst political elites. Just over two weeks ago, on the 21st of November, Robert Mugabe submitted his resignation ending his 37-year presidency. Few Zimbabweans could have imagined this would happen in their lifetimes. Continue reading “A Youth Perspective on the 2017 Elections in Kenya and Rwanda”

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Old People, Young People: Analysing Population Age Structure in Uganda and China

In a 2007 statement delivered at the 40th Session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development, the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) acknowledged that “the world today is home to the largest population of young people and the largest population of persons aged 60 years and over” (Obaid, 2007) Continue reading Old People, Young People: Analysing Population Age Structure in Uganda and China

China’s growing interests in Africa; A challenge to ‘non-interference’?

– Wadeisor Rukato Since the establishment of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in 2000, Chinese investment in African countries has rapidly accelerated. China’s growing interest in the region has been accompanied by an increasing need for it to protect … Continue reading China’s growing interests in Africa; A challenge to ‘non-interference’?

From Africa to Japan (Part IV – Photos)

All Photos are courtesy of  Kevil Tran and Ani Grigoryan. Tokyo My Love!   Serene Karuizawa! what is your dream?….. Sports day(s), Barbercue, Cycling and Shopping in Karuizawa…. Hiroshima….never forget! Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum….A history lesson….   Let’s Talk!….Scholars reflecting on the visit to the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Museum   Sharing a meal with EVERYONE…one of the best parts of the day!   Miyajima Island…what a beauty! ….farewell Hiroshima! Last days, Last moments, and Lasting connections…. ….and that’s a wrap!!   *Photos taken by Kevil Tran and Ani Grigoryan. Continue reading From Africa to Japan (Part IV – Photos)

From Ghana to Japan (Part III – Salman Mohammed)

-Salman Mohammed* At first I could not decipher the deepness in the following words, “Unless you transform the lives of ordinary people, you cannot hope to transform Africa” H.E. John Agyekum Kufuor, former President of Ghana. However, my brief experience in Asia revealed to me that such opulent words must have come from a sage. The Bai Xian Asia Institute and the John Agyekum Kufuor Foundation are path-breakers of the 21st century selling out the same idea of Leadership, Governance and Development. After a 19-hour flight to Japan, I could not but further affirm to the role leadership plays in … Continue reading From Ghana to Japan (Part III – Salman Mohammed)

Bridges Built: Reflecting on the Bai Xian Summer Program 2016 (Part II)

– Jackson Tse* The mission of the Bai Xian Asian Institute (BXAI) is to “build bridges across cultures.” Towards this end, the Institute established the BXAI Summer Program, which provides selected future leaders from Greater China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and Cambodia with a three-week intensive leadership program. As a Bai Xian scholar hailing from the Yenching Academy of Peking University, I had the unique opportunity to attend the BXAI Summer Program 2016. In the last three weeks, I interacted and debated with scholars from across Asia – sometimes in a classroom setting, but more often in a Takadanobaba abura soba or kaiten zushi restaurant, … Continue reading Bridges Built: Reflecting on the Bai Xian Summer Program 2016 (Part II)

From Africa to Japan (Part I)

– Nothando Khumalo I’m in love with Japan! I am cheating on China! But Africa is still my heart! – I utter this small declaration, before my African ancestors rise up from the grave and claim my head for treachery. Tokyo is a city after my heart – six storey shopping buildings, coffee shops in every corner, glamorous road intersections, well-stocked 7/11 convenient stores every 500m … you get my point yet? During the past month [August] I have spent an amazing 21 days in Japan, attending the Bai Xian Asia Institute (BXAI) Summer Program. BXAI is primarily focusing on an Asian … Continue reading From Africa to Japan (Part I)

Guangzhou: A bridge for Africa-China relations?

-Sihle Nontshokweni 

In a research report titled Guangzhou: An Emerging Bridge for AfricaChina Relations Adams Bodomo (2010) argues that migrant communities such as Africans in Guangzhou act as a bridge; a linguistic, cultural and economic bridge between their source communities and their host communities. Continue reading “Guangzhou: A bridge for Africa-China relations?”