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

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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.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAsian Ethnicity
Volume20
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
ISSN1463-1369
Publication statusPublished - 12 Dec 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 6160 Other humanities

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Chinese in Africa: ‘Chineseness’ and the complexities of identities. / Hodzi, Obert.

In: Asian Ethnicity, Vol. 20, No. 1, 12.12.2018, p. 1-7.

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