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Title:African trading post in Guangzhou: emergent or recurrent commercial form?
Author:Bredeloup, SylvieISNI
Year:2012
Periodical:African Diaspora: a Journal of Transnational Africa in a Global World (ISSN 1872-5457)
Volume:5
Issue:1
Pages:27-50
Language:English
Geographic terms:Asia
China
Subjects:Africans
diasporas
trading posts
traders
Link:http://hdl.handle.net/10.1163/187254612X646206
Abstract:In the early 2000s, nationals of Sub-Saharan Africa who had settled in the market places of Hong Kong, Bangkok, Jakarta, and Kuala Lumpur, moved to Guangzhou and opened offices in the upper floors of buildings in Baiyun and Yuexiu Districts. Gradually these traders were able to create the necessary conditions of hospitality in order to live up to an African itinerant customer's expectations. This article first highlights the economic logics which have contributed to the constitution of African trading posts in China and describes their extension from the Middle East and from Asia. The second part determines the respective roles of migrants and traveling Sub-Saharan entrepreneurs, before exploring their interactions with Chinese society in the setting up of these commercial networks. It also looks at the impact of toughening immigration policies. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract, edited]
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