Chinese in Africa : ‘Chineseness’ and the complexities of identities

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Hodzi , O 2019 , ' Chinese in Africa : ‘Chineseness’ and the complexities of identities ' , Asian Ethnicity , vol. 20 , no. 1 , pp. 1-7 . https://doi.org/10.1080/14631369.2018.1539826

Title: Chinese in Africa : ‘Chineseness’ and the complexities of identities
Author: Hodzi, Obert
Contributor organization: Department of Cultures
Date: 2019
Language: eng
Number of pages: 7
Belongs to series: Asian Ethnicity
ISSN: 1463-1369
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14631369.2018.1539826
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/275498
Abstract: This introduction presents background information to a special issue exploring the complexities of the Chinese identity and forms in which ‘Chineseness’ is expressed by Chinese migrants in Africa. Existing literature and media reports on the Chinese in Africa assumes that they are a homogenous group, this introductory article argues to the contrary. The Chinese diaspora in Africa range from descendants of migrants that settled in Africa in the seventeenth century to twenty-first century migrants. This historical and contemporary engagement between China and African countries is essential to understanding the diversity and hybridity of Chinese identity in Africa. This observation provides the basis for the six articles in this special issue. Based on ethnographic observation and in-depth interviews with the Chinese diaspora and locals in Zimbabwe, Ghana, Zambia and South Africa, the articles provide a compelling argument on why there is no single Chinese identity in Africa.
Subject: 6160 Other humanities
Peer reviewed: No
Usage restriction: openAccess
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