Monthly Archives: March 2013

[Media Reports] Africans in China sharing ‘Chinese Dream’

Chinese news agency Xinhua now reporting on stories of Africans in Guangzhou

“GUANGZHOU – Felly Mwamba from the Republic of Congo traveled to countries like the United Arab Emirates, Vietnam and Thailand to seek his fortune, before he arrived in Guangzhou, where he has lived for 10 years.

Mwamba sensed he was near to a “gold mine” as soon as he arrived in the capital of south China’s Guangdong province in 2003. He was immediately attracted to the city’s abundant resources of manufactured goods and free market environment.

Working as an agent for a multinational freight trading company, Mwamba has an office in Tianxiu Tower in downtown Guangzhou.

“I find that people from all over the world focus their eyes on China. The market is so big,” he said.

The Tianxiu building surrounded by bustling shops is the center of “Africa Town,” popularly known by locals as “Chocolate City” or “Little Africa.” It is the largest African community in Asia. Authorities estimate there are some 100,000 inhabitants here.

Like many Africans in the country, Mwamba is living his “Chinese Dream.”

The 34-year-old said his work is to monitor commodity prices and help his boss in Dubai to decide on import orders of Chinese goods.

Since moving to Guangzhou, Mwamba has gained experience in selling electrical gadgets, accessories, furniture and motorbikes, and now has knowledge of international freight shipping…” [Click here to continue reading]

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[Media Reports] Africans in China React to Xi’s Visit to Africa

A Global Times report on how some ‘African community’ leaders in China think of Sino-African relations.

“African communities in China are already speaking highly of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s upcoming trip to Africa.
“Xi’s visit shows Chinese leaders’ vision regarding Africa, and their willingness to work with Africa,” said John Rwehumbiza, president of the Tanzania Community in China.

He said Xi’s visit will further cement bilateral relations and boost them to a new level.

Xi left Beijing Friday morning for state visits to Russia, Tanzania, South Africa and the Republic of Congo. He is scheduled to attend the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit on March 26 and 27 in South Africa.

Felly Mwamba, chief representative of African Business Freight, said the new Chinese leadership has given him the impression of being hardworking and reform-minded. “I think they will bring a new light and new mind to Africa-China relations.”

The Congo native has been living in Guangzhou, capital of south China’s Guangdong Province, for 10 years. He said he believes friendship and good dialogue are more important than trade and money in bilateral relations.” [click here to continue reading]

 

[Conferences] Where is Home? Place, Belonging & Citizenship in The Asian Century

Workshop organised by the University of Amsterdam, the International Institute for Asian Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University, and the Institute for Culture and Society – University of Western Sydney / 22-23 March 2013 – Hong Kong
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