Monthly Archives: August 2014

[Media Reports] African traders in China struggle, but still thrive

By Frederick Mugira for Wits Journalism

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The old couches, low tables placed in front of them, only amplify the smallness of the room where the 50-year-old Tanzanian lady is serving boiled bananas and chicken. The room is on the 16th floor of Block D in Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong. A board pasted onto the wall lists the foods she serves and their prices.

A door leads out of the restaurant into another room, this one with bunk beds. It is used as a guest house. The Tanzanian lady tells me she has been in Hong Kong for the last 5 years.

Modu Medard, a Ghanaian, sells garments and shoes made in China, Philippines and his home country. He has lived and worked as a trader in Hong Kong for the last 16 years. His shop is one of many on the very busy first floor of the same building, Chungking Mansions.

A few feet away from Modu’s shop is another shop owned by Babangida, a Nigerian. He sells jeans and shoes made in China, and has been operating this shop for the last seven years.

The number of Africans living and trading in southern China has been on the rise in recent times. Most are traders, but they have started venturing into other activities as well, including teaching English and playing professional football.

There are about 20,000 African immigrants in Hong Kong alone which, alongside Guangzhou, Yiwu, Macau, Shanghai and Beijing, is one of the preferred destinations for Africans going to China. 3,000 of these are permanent residents, while close to 500 are refugees. Most of them are traders, usually in electronics, phones and garments, or operate restaurants. Most of them work and live in Chungking Mansions. [Keep reading here]

[News] China’s Ebola curbs drive Africans away from youth Olympics

By Barbara Demick for Los Angeles Times

Saying they were unhappy about being stigmatized over fears of Ebola, some African countries have withdrawn from a youth Olympics tournament set to begin Saturday in the Chinese city of Nanjing.

Nigeria said it was in the process of sending home a delegation of 19 officials and teenage athletes who had arrived in China earlier this week.

Sierra Leone and Liberia decided not to even come to China.

The International Olympic Committee in Geneva announced Friday that athletes from Ebola-impacted countries would not be allowed in swimming or combat events. The committee said the decision was made after consultation with the World Health Organization and Chinese officials. (KEEP READING HERE)

[Talk]: African musicians in search of the ‘Chinese Dream’: beyond the narratives of trade and ‘immigration’

African musicians in search of the ‘Chinese Dream’: beyond the narratives of trade and ‘immigration’. A talk given at the Asia Art Archive as part of the Mapping Asia Project. Hong Kong, China, July 2014

Mapping Asia is an unfolding publication, exhibition, and programme series presented by Asia Art Archive, that explores multiple vantage points from which to consider Asia, looking beyond inherited boundaries, histories, and political and economic systems to entanglements and connections across time, sites, and geographies. Visit the exhibition at Asia Art Archive’s library until 30th August. Copies of the publication are available at Asia Art Archive. For further details and other related public programmes, please click here.

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[Media Reports] La petite Afrique de Canton, quand les footballeurs devinennent business men

By Stéphane Lagarde for Radio France Internationale