Roberto Castillo (PhD Cultural Studies)

I am a lecturer at the African Studies Programme of the University of Hong Kong. I arrived in China in 2006 and for the last six years I have been doing research about Africans in China, with a focus on transnational/translocal connections and stories: i.e. the relationships Africans are establishing amongst themselves and with Chinese of diverse ethnicities. My fieldwork is mainly based around the area of Dengfeng/Xiaobei (what some people call ‘the Chocolate City’, or ‘Little Africa’) and around Nigerian, Congolese, Angolan, Ghanaian, and Malian communities, churches, and business and leisure organizations. I conduct my research in Chinese, Portuguese, French and English.
Besides Cultural Studies (PhD – Lingnan University, Hong Kong | MA – The University of Sydney), my training is in International Relations, Political Science, History, and Journalism (BA UDLAP). In 2009, when I was working as an editor for a subsidiary of Xinhua News Agency in Beijing, I became highly interested in the increasing presence of foreigners in China and in the great transformation that that represents for China and the world. Besides administering www.africansinchina.net, I’m an obsessive instagramer and a former twitterati (and I ocassionally Flickr) – you’ll find me as @castillorocas in those networks.




[Report] Interview. Burks, Emeri. ‘The Chinese Dream. Changing aspirations of Africans in Canton.’ That’s PRD, October 2014. Available at:



[Report] Interview. Marsh, Jenni. ‘Afro-Chinese marriages boom in Guangzhou: but will it be “till death do us apart”?’ South China Morning Post, 1 June 2014. Available at:


[Radio] Interview. Shryock, Ricci. ‘Interview with Nigeria’s Dibaocha Sky in Guangzhou,’ Africa Today, Voice of America. Available at:


[Report] Interviewee. Grangereau, Philippe. ‘En Chine, Noirs Desespoirs,’ Liberation, 27 October 2013. Available at:


[Report] Interview. Piranty, Sam. ‘Economic nomads in a city of flows,’ Think Africa Press, 22 October 2013. Available at:


[Blog] Informant. Lagarde, Stéphane. ‘Canton L’Africaine: des footballeurs devenus hommes d’affaires,’ 6 October 2013. Available at:


[Radio] Commentator. Lagarde, Stéphane. ‘La Petite Afrique de Canton,’ Radio France International, October 2013. Available at: 


[Report] Interview. Tejpe, Rhia. ‘The Africans making it big in China,’ Agence France Press AFP, 19 September 2013. Available at:


[Podcast] Guest. Olander, Eric (Interviewer). ‘How many Africans are there in China?’ The China Africa Project. Available at:


[Podcast] Guest. Olander, Eric (Interviewer). ‘Afro-Chinese culture in popular media,’ The China Africa Project. Available at:


[Podcast] Guest. Olander, Eric (Interviewer). ‘Daily life for Africans in China,’ The China Africa Project. Available at:


[Documentary] Informant. Lo, KM. ‘The Chocolate City’ (forthcoming). Available at:

[Radio] Interview. Shryock, Ricci. ‘Africans in Guangzhou,’ Africa Today, Voice of America. Available at:



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  1. emily

    My friend no longer wants to study in China , Japan or South Korea because of the racism against foreigners but especially the blacks because her friends tell her that they better go to Europe or America!


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