China-Africa relations seem to have moved beyond the honeymoon period and into a more complex stage. Over the last ten years, a number of incidents both in China and Africa have exploded into global controversies about ‘race’, racism, xenophobia, and racial hierarchies. Given this context, discussions about racial ideologies, sentiments, and narratives, beg for new and critical takes that could help us make better sense of the specificities of the Afro-Chinese encounter.
To better understand the racial issues and racist challenges facing both Chinese in Africa and Africans in China, the Organising Committee of the 6th Chinese in Africa / Africans in China Research Network Conference invites you to join our 3rd online mini-symposium titled ‘On anti-Black and anti-Chinese sentiments’ this Mar 26, 2021 (Friday).
Join Kun Huang, from the Department of Comparative Literature at Cornell University, Yan Hairong, from the Department of Applied Social Sciences at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and Runako Celina, from Black Livity China, for a fascinating conversation on the implications of ‘anti-Black racism’ and ‘anti-Chinese sentiments’ in China-Africa relations.
This event is hosted by the Chinese in Africa / Africans in China Research Network Conference Organising Committee in collaboration with the Centre for Cultural Research and Development at Lingnan University, Hong Kong.
Mini-symposium: On anti-Black and anti-Chinese sentiments – CAAC 2021
Department of Comparative Literature at Cornell University
Department of Applied Social Sciences at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Black Livity China (blacklivitychina.com)
Kun is PhD Candidate at the Department of Comparative Literature at Cornell University. Her dissertation explores the translation of racial blackness in modern Chinese literature and culture in the long twentieth century. Born and raised in Guangzhou, her project grapples with the global transactions of racial forms and their unaccounted “Chinese” manifestations. Her research has been supported bythe Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She also writes public-facing commentaries regarding anti-blackness in China, and translates literary and cultural critiques by Black feminist writers. Her writing has been published on positions politics, South of the South, 文学, and 澎湃思想市场.
Hairong teaches in the Department of Applied Social Sciences at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She authored New Masters, New Servants: Migration, Development, and Women Workers in China (Duke University Press, 2008). She and Barry Sautman have been collaborating on China–Africa links and have published in Chinese China in Africa: Discourse and Practices (Beijing: shehui kexue chubanshe, 2017). In recent years, she has become concerned with food sovereignty and agrarian change in China.
Runako is the co-founder of Black Livity China (blacklivitychina.com), a media platform founded in 2018 to document and demystify African and afro-diasporic experiences in China and in relation to China. She holds an MA in International Politics and African Studies from Peking University and has worked in Chinese media spaces for five years. She is currently pursuing her second Masters in Investigative Journalism at City University and is presently based between Beijing and London.
Moderated by Jamie Monson, Department of History, Michigan State University.