Most times when I’ve mentioned that I’ve done some research on the African population in Guangzhou, I’d be questioned about their number. Interestingly, “how many” wasn’t the first question that came to my mind when I started or that motivated my research around mid-2013. I was more interested in what they’re doing in Guangzhou and how they relate with the local population. Once I had spent some time in Sanyuanli and Xiaobei, the two areas where African traders spend their time shopping for goods to ship to Africa, I realized that there was a gender gap that didn’t seem to fit what I’ve observed while living in South Africa. I’ll save that for another blog. Here, because the question of number is so typical, I’d like to share a blog by another fellow researcher, who was also a journalist at one point.