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Title:Introduction: Africa and China: new engagements, new research
Editors:Monson, JamieISNI
Rupp, Stephanie
Periodical:African Studies Review (ISSN 1555-2462)
Geographic terms:Africa
Subjects:international relations
international economic relations
social conditions
Abstract:The articles brought together in this ASR Forum were first presented at the fifty-second Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association (ASA) in 2009. Although the articles have changed substantially since that ASA meeting, their primary intention remains the same: to provide a close-up and dynamic look - particularly from historical and ethnographic perspectives - at the various forces that constitute interrelations between Chinese and Africans. Rather than focusing at the national level, the authors aim to sharpen the view of China-Africa relations by moving their analysis to the community and individual levels. The contributors have therefore looked at interactions that take place in marketplaces (Nina Sylvanus on women traders inTogo); in the social spaces of work (Jamie Monson on railway workers' memories of the construction of the Tazara Railway in Tanzania and Zambia); in households affected by power outages (Stephanie Rupp on Ghana); in Pentecostal African congregations in southern China (Heidi Østbø Haugen); and among Chinese of different generations in South Africa (Yoon Jung Park). This article gives an introduction to the theme and the contributions. There is a conclusion by Julia C. Strauss (p. 155-170). [ASC Leiden abstract]