The Unofficial African Ambassador

– Roberta Jabulile Gumede* It was not like being anywhere else. I walked through the now very ordinary “human traffic” that blocked my way into the city’s commercial centre and could not help but notice how the Chinese people around me, young and old, looked at me. It was as if I was a byproduct of another galaxy’s particle collision. Toddlers called out “Haise” (black), some stole a picture and, without the blink of an eye, others just stared blankly – observing my every crack and lump. They were in awe. I had travelled to other countries before, interacted with … Continue reading The Unofficial African Ambassador

Views from the ‘rooftop of the world’

-Wadeisor Rukato “If anyone asks you where you are going, tell them Xining. If you mention Tibet, it might cause unnecessary questioning and we don’t want that”. As we prepared to board our 6am flight from Beijing Capital International Airport at the start of our trip to Tibet, we all heeded this advice carefully. While making our way through security, I suppressed my anxiety about potentially being too excited, mentioning Tibet,  and being the person who would be kept behind while everyone dashed to the boarding gate to catch our flight. It was difficult to not be completely thrilled by … Continue reading Views from the ‘rooftop of the world’

Perspective and insight into the realities of the African Experience in the East

A conversation with Nicole Bonnah: Wadeisor Rukato  & Sihle Nontshokweni sat for an interview with Nicole Bonnah, sharing their perspectives on being an African in China. This interview first appeared on Blacklivesinchina.wordpress.com, written by Nicole Bonnag and was later published … Continue reading Perspective and insight into the realities of the African Experience in the East

SA through the Lense of an Open-Minded Asian Visitor

– Thuthukile Mbanjwa While Africa, including South Africa, has certainly had an increasing number of Chinese visitors, the vast majority has never traveled to South Africa nor have they ever thought of planning a trip to the greater parts of Africa. In this post we spoke to Dawei Huang a Chinese national currently a student at the Yenching Academy of Peking University who visited South Africa for 6 days in 2014. He is also one of the most down to earth, easy-going, musically talented friends I have 🙂 The main objectives of this piece was simply continuing on the quest to … Continue reading SA through the Lense of an Open-Minded Asian Visitor