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

African Excellence Series: YGS

– Wadeisor Rukato

A Conversation with Sharon Tshipa.

china meets the world

Suppressing a giggle, Sharon begins her self-introduction; “I always laugh when I’m interviewed! This is actually awkward, because when you are behind the scenes all the time, every time you are asked to be the subject it’s like…” at this point Sharon stops speaking and continues to laugh lightly. Her energy is bright and natural.  She mentions that she is often ‘accused’ of being a laugher, something that is more than clear as we prepare to begin our conversation. Continue reading “African Excellence Series: YGS”

Observations on China in Africa: A Three Part Series.

– Wadeisor Rukato

Part 3: A typology of Chinese migrants to Africa.

The previous post in this series presented a brief history of Chinese migration to African countries. Reactions to part two of the series reflect how the discourse on Chinese migration to Africa has tended to focus on recent migration from China to Africa that is fueled by Sino-African economic relations. This has been to the neglect of the complex pre-twentieth century history of Chinese migration to Africa. A reader affirmed this point by remarking that he had “no idea how complex the migratory history between  China and Africa actually was”. Most people don’t.

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Observations on China in Africa: A Three Part Series

 – Wadeisor Rukato

Part 2: A brief history of international migration from China since the formation of the PRC

In the first post of this three-part series, I wrote about the diverse interactions between China and Africa that I observed during recent trips to Kenya and Zimbabwe. In this post, I provide a brief history of Chinese Migration to African countries since the formation of the People’s Republic of China. The third and final post in this series will focus on providing a typology of Chinese migrants to Africa. Continue reading “Observations on China in Africa: A Three Part Series”