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[Podcast] A Nigerian’s Guide to Manufacturing in China

Another great podcast from The China Africa Project.


[Trade] Maersk Line: ‘Life of an African trader in China’

[Abstract] Landscapes of aspiration in Guangzhou’s African music scene: beyond the trading narrative*

This article is an exploration into the personal aspirations converging in Guangzhou’s African music scene. I argue that despite being often traversed, articulated, fuelled and constrained by economies and economic discourses, aspirations are not necessarily economic or rational calculations. I contend that the overarching trading narrative about ‘Africans in Guangzhou’ has left little space for issues of agency, emotion and aspiration to be considered in their own right. Drawing on a year of sustained ethnographic fieldwork, I show how aspirations are crucial arenas where the rationales behind transnational mobility are developed, reproduced and transmitted. Indeed, aspirations can be thought of as ‘navigational devices’ (Appadurai, 2004) that help certain individuals reach for their dreams. By bringing the analysis of aspirations to the fore, I intend to: provide a more complex and nuanced landscape of the multiple rationales behind African presence in Southern China; promote a better understanding (both conceptually and empirically) of how individuals navigate their social spaces and guide their transnational journeys; and draw attention to the incessant frictions and negotiations between individual aspirations while on the move, and the constraints imposed by more structural imperatives.

Keywords: ‘landscapes of aspiration’ – ‘Africans in China’ – music – Guangzhou – aspirations

*Accepted Manuscript at the Journal of Current Chinese Affairs for a special issue guest edited by Gordon Mathews – Expected Publication: Vol. 44 No. 4 (2015).

[News] China Woos More Nigerians To International Fair

From Leadership

The International Promotion Executive of China’s Foreign Trade Centre, Mrs Chi Geng,on Monday called on Nigerians to explore the different opportunities being offered by China’s Canton Fair.

Chi spoke with the the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sidelines of the last session of this year’s Canton Fair in Guangzhuo,China.

According to her, many Nigerian buyers and exporters are yet to “really” take advantage of the opportunities that abound at the international fair.

“In 2014, the number of Nigerians that attended China Import and Export Fair, popularly known as Canton Fair, were about 4,047 and because this year’s fair has not been closed,we cannot readily give the number of Nigerians that are participating.

“But,we do want many more Nigerians to begin to take huge opportunties being offered at the fair.

“Nigerians should know that the fair is a comprehensive and specialised platorm that exposes them to buyers and exhibitors from all over the world,’’ she said.

Chi added that the fair would also give Nigerians opportunities of interacting with and getting good quality products from international manufacturers directly.

She said that the Chinese government and organisers of the fair would continue to create the right environment for promoting favourable import and export between countries of the world.

Chi listed products exhibited at the fair to include electronics and household electrical appliances,lighting equipment,vehicles and spare parts,machinery,consumer goods,gifts,textiles and garments.(NAN)