Tag Archives: South Africa

Places and the (im)possibilities of friendship

Occasionally, I’d receive “come home frendo” and other similar messages on my Facebook wall or inbox.  The “home” referred to in these messages is South Africa, not the US. Though I’ve been back for research purposes, it’s almost been three … Continue reading

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“Doing the happy”

It’s not what you think . . . if you’re thinking that. The title is from a Chinese friend’s WeChat message while she was in Togo. She was excited that her local host planned to take her out that night. … Continue reading

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Small things matter, including modes of connecting people and places

I’ve been using the buses, including the BRT (or bus rapid transit), more frequently this time in Guangzhou. Previously, I’ve used the subway or metro system. Whichever one we choose to use, these transportation systems connect the city and allow the majority … 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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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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Of body and beauty

It was probably in 2007 or 2008 when this situation that I’m about to share occurred. At that time, an Anthropologist friend had suggested that I write about it and, perhaps, offer some sort of theoretical analysis. I wasn’t keen … Continue reading

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What relationship China-Africa?

In Guangzhou, I know researchers, mostly PhD students, who are interested in inter-racial relationships between Africans and Chinese. Mainly, the focus is romantic relationships or marriages between African men and Chinese women. A documentary is being made on this subject, … Continue reading

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