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Seven Myths about Chinese Migrants in Africa
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Zongwe, Dunia P. (2015). Seven Myths about Chinese Migrants in Africa, Transnational Corporations Review, 7(4):480-493.
Transnational Corporations Review
ISSN 1918-6444 (Print), ISSN 1925-2099 (Online)
Edited by Ottawa United Learning Academy
Published by Denfar Transnational Development
Volume 7, Number 4, December 2015, 480-493

Author: Dunia P. Zongwe

Abstract: This review essay is a critical look at Howard French’s book, China’s Second Continent. It offers an opportunity to debunk common myths cultivated by the media mainly in Western countries and in some quarters in Africa. Even if French’s book is one of a handful of treatments on the migration of Chinese nationals to Africa, chances are that many more would follow its trail and its representations of Sino-African affairs. All being well, this essay should assist in providing readers and stakeholders with the tools to properly assess those representations. It is indeed to protect their primary development goals that Africans, their leaders, governments and policy makers must evaluate the representations made of their relationships with China and other partners.

Keywords: Howard French, China’s Second Continent, Africa, myths, migrants

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French, Howard W. (2014). China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants are Building an Empire in Africa. Alfred A Knopf 2014. 


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