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Title:China's 'Chocolate City': an ethnic enclave in a changing landscape
Authors:Li, Zhigang
Lyons, Michal
Brown, AlisonISNI
Year:2012
Periodical:African Diaspora: a Journal of Transnational Africa in a Global World (ISSN 1872-5457)
Volume:5
Issue:1
Pages:51-72
Language:English
Geographic term:China
Subjects:Africans
diasporas
migration
traders
international trade
Link:http://hdl.handle.net/10.1163/187254612X649465
Abstract:The recent rise of African communities in Guangzhou, China, has been widely noted. To understand this 'Chocolate City', with a series of field surveys in 2006-2010, the authors examine its different development stages and shed particular light upon its internal and external linkages. Three modalities: the emerging enclave, the prosperous enclave and the collapsing enclave, have been identified. The rise of the 'Chocolate City' has been mainly attributed to the rise of Sino-Africa trading and the efforts of local entrepreneurs. The prosperity of the City was backed by the local States. However, the involvement of local police, the reform of the local immigration regime and the deterioration of economic relations resulted in its recent collapse. The authors argue that this 'Chocolate City' is a restructuring ethnic enclave underlying the impacts of 'transient globalization.' The rise and fall of the 'Chocolate City' indicates the dynamic relations between the transient global-local nexus, immigration regime, and local geography. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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