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[Article] Learning to Speak Lingerie: Chinese merchants and the inroads of globalization

This story about Chinese entrepreneurs in Egypt was published in the New Yorker in August 2015. Though not entirely new, it remains newsworthy. In my view, it’s fascinating because who would think that lingerie would sell so well in predominantly … Continue reading

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Fearful for her life…once again…in Togo

It’s getting close to late January 2016. Swift will soon have to return to Lagos, Nigeria to tend to her business. A Chinese manufacturer has been hounding her for his money. He wants it before the Spring Festival (this year … Continue reading

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A Prequel: business travails in Togo

This is the “big market,” Swift shows me. In Togo, it’s called Lomé Grand Marchè, reflecting its colonial past. Located in the city center or downtown, that’s the location Swift and YC – with Anna’s assistance – chose for their first jewelry … Continue reading

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Opting out of work to be bosses

I want to use this blog to think through an article that I’m planning to write soon. It’s based on my fieldwork in a town within Fuqing City in China. While in South Africa, a common impression that researchers (particularly, … Continue reading

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