Africans in China: A Sociocultural Study and Its Implications for Africa-China Relations

by Adams Bodomo


"Scholars from a variety of countries and disciplines have produced recent essays on the African presence in China ... They have adopted a more nuanced approach than the media and none more so than Adams Bodomo in this pioneering, full-length treatment. He had already published important journal articles on Africans in China, but his book significantly expands on his previous work and is now essential reading for scholars in the field." - The China Quarterly

" Through the pages of Africans in China, the reader is confronted with the first book-length description and analysis of African migrants into China. Moreover, its theoretical and methodological novelty among the studies about Africa and China places it as an outstanding resource not only for cultural contact studies but also for sociology, linguistics and anthropology. Definitely, Bodomo has brilliantly opened the way to desirable future research that complements the major question: What is it like to be an African in China?" - Sociolinguistic Studies

"The issues covered in this book are remarkable. The lucidity and ease with which the narrative runs is masterly. Bodomo expresses himself and raises issues with simplicity and analytical candour. Mercilessly frank and balanced, the author offers a picture of Africans in contemporary China which goes a long way towards giving some clarity to a topical issue of particular interest to Africans and Chinese ... Sound and mutually beneficial Afro-Chinese relations are matters of strategic interest to both Africans and Chinese. How these relations develop will partly depend on the lot of Chinese in Africa and Africans in China. This book provides an open window on to these realities." - Kwesi Kwaa Prah, Director of the Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society (CASAS)


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