Tag Archives: Africans in China

[Article] How many Africans are in Guangzhou?

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 … Continue reading

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“This person is ‘ma fan’”

Ma fan, for non-Chinese speakers, is actually not the name of a person. It’s a Chinese word that looks like this 麻烦. It can be used as an adjective as well as a noun, meaning “trouble.” The kind of “trouble” … Continue reading

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Business there, life here

To say that the African women I’ve met in Guangzhou, China are complex people is a bit of a cliché, I know. I’ve already introduced a Somali research participant in a previous blog. She’s a businesswoman (or trader) who’s engaged in … Continue reading

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Left-Behind Children Left Behind

Looking at the four photographs below, could you guess that the Chinese children and African child have something else in common other than, possibly, age? The youngest child was about four years old when the photograph was taken. The oldest, … Continue reading

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Do they really look alike, the wholesale markets!

Except for identifying the source in one, I’ve intentionally excluded detailed captions to the three photographs that immediately follow below. Scrutinize and compare them them before reading further. Can you tell where each one was taken – city, country, or … Continue reading

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A prequel: surprised ending

July 2015, Swift returned to Guangzhou from Togo. First thing she did after landing was to meet with me at the place where we had arranged beforehand. I’ve lived in South Africa and done research in other African countries, so she wanted me … Continue reading

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A Chinese friend goes to Africa

Sometime in November 2015, a Chinese female friend, who wants to be called Swift, went to Nigeria for business. She said that business in Guangzhou has been declining and becoming more difficult to sustain. Trying to find business opportunities or … Continue reading

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