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Africans in China:
Copyright 2012 Cambria Press

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

     Bodomo, Adams.
     Africans in China : a sociocultural study and its implications on Africa-China relations / Adams Bodomo.
           p. cm.
     Includes bibliographical references and index.
     Summary: “While there is much discussion on Africa-China relations, the focus tends to lean more on the Chinese presence in Africa than on the African presence in China. This book focuses on analyzing this new Diaspora and is the first book-length study of the process of Africans travelling to China and forming communities there. Based on innovative intermingling of qualitative and quantitative research methods involving prolonged interaction with approximately 800 Africans across six main Chinese cities—Guangzhou, Yiwu, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong and Macau—sociolinguistic and sociocultural profiles are constructed to depict the everyday life of Africans in China. The study provides insights into understanding issues such as why Africans go to China, what they do there, how they communicate with their Chinese hosts, what opportunities and problems they encounter in their China sojourn, and how they are received by the Chinese state. Beyond these methodological and empirical contributions, the book also makes a theoretical contribution by proposing a crosscultural bridge theory of migrant-indigene relations, arguing that Africans in China act as sociopolitical, socioeconomic, and sociocultural bridges linking Africa to China. This approach to the analysis of Diaspora communities has consequences for crosscultural and crosslinguistic studies in an era of globalization.”—Publisher’s description.
     ISBN 978-1-60497-790-5
1. Africans—China—Social conditions—21st century. 2. Blacks—China—Social conditions—21st century. 3. Africa—Relations—China. 4. China—Relations—Africa. 5. African diaspora. I. Title.

     DS731.B55B63 2012
     305.896’051—dc23

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