Contextualising Chinese migration to Africa

Sullivan, Jonathan and Cheng, Jing (2018) Contextualising Chinese migration to Africa. Journal of Asian and African Studies, 53 (8). pp. 1173-1187. ISSN 1745-2538

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Who are ‘the Chinese’ in Africa? Why are they there? As China’s engagement with African countries intensifies, and the size of the Chinese population in Africa increases, these questions have elicited substantial attention. Many attempts to provide answers, especially in the media and popular publications, are problematically based on uninformed stereotypes and undifferentiated notions of ‘the Chinese’, by implication a homogeneous group lacking contextualisation. Seeking to address such characterisations, this paper uses the digital communications of present and prospective Chinese migrants to provide a more nuanced picture of the motivations, preoccupations and migration experiences of private entrepreneurs and state-owned enterprise workers.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright © 2018 by SAGE Publications
Keywords: China; Africa; Migration; Online communications; Personal narratives
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
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Depositing User: Liu, Zhenxing
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2018 13:19
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 19:39

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