Advertisement

Associations as Social Capital of ‘New Chinese Migrants’ in Africa: Empirical Investigations of Ghana, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and South Africa

  • Liu Haifang
Chapter
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Abstract

As a new economic pole in a globalizing world, Africa has attracted great numbers of Chinese migrants from mainland China since the late 1980s, though this community is still significantly understudied. Current research on this community tends to adopt either a realpolitik or an ethnographic approach. This chapter offers an alternative perspective by looking at the interplay between the macro and micro levels. First, it explores the roles that Chinese migrants have played in bilateral relations between China and African states through various types of voluntary associations. Second, the chapter examines the dynamics of migrant networking activities, illuminating their strategies to adapt to new local environments and the ways in which they take advantage of opportunities provided by the homeland, China. Based on empirical investigations in Ghana, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and South Africa, the chapter analyzes the transformative characteristics of voluntary migrant associations.

References

  1. Adamson, F., and M. Demetriou. 2007. Remapping the Boundaries of “State” and “National Identity”: Incorporating Diasporas into IR Theorizing. European Journal of International Relations 13 (4): 489–526.Google Scholar
  2. Alden, C. 2006. China in Africa. Survival 47 (3): 147–164.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Broadman, H. 2006. African New Silk Road: China and India’s New Economic Frontier. Washington, DC: World Bank Publications.Google Scholar
  4. French, H.W. 2014. The Second Continent of China: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa. New York: Knopf.Google Scholar
  5. Kuhn, P. 1997. The Homeland: Thinking About the History of Chinese Overseas, George Ernest Morrison Lecture in Ethnology. Canberra: Australian National University.Google Scholar
  6. ———. 2009. Chinese Among Others: Emigration in Modern Times. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.Google Scholar
  7. Li, P. 2010. The Development of Sino-African Relations and New Chinese Migrants in Africa. Overseas Chinese History Studies 4: 24–30.Google Scholar
  8. Li, X. 2013. On Numbers of Overseas Chinese in Africa. Institute of West Asian and African Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. http://iwaas.cssn.cn/xslt/fzlt/201508/t20150831_2609329.shtml. Accessed 5 May 2017.
  9. Li, A. 2016. Chinese Immigrants in International Political Discourse: A Case Study of Africa. West Asian and African Studies 1: 76–97.Google Scholar
  10. Lin, Q. 1995. Five-Bonds Culture and Global Chinese Entrepreneur Network. Economics Review 3: 49–53.Google Scholar
  11. Liu, H. 2010. Overseas Chinese and Rising China: History, Nation and International Relations. Open Times, 8.Google Scholar
  12. ———. 2012. Mapping the New Migrants Between China and Africa: Theoretical and Methodological Challenges. In Internal and International Migration of China, ed. Laurence Roulleau-Berger and Li Peilin. London: Routledge.Google Scholar
  13. Ning, E. 2014. Making Fortune in Africa, Between Money and Reproaches. http://money.163.com/14/0818/15/A3UJJP9600253B0H.html#from=relevant#xwwzy_35_bottomnewskwd. Accessed 5 May 2017.
  14. Ogden, C. 2008. ‘Diaspora Meets IR’s Constructivism: An Appraisal. Politics 28 (1): 1–10.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. Qin, H. 2016. Overseas Chinese in the Local Election in South Africa. Think Big Forum. http://cul.qq.com/a/20161121/002257.htm. Accessed 5 May 2017.
  16. Suryadinata, L. 2009. Chinese Migration in the Globalizing World: A Brief Comparison Between Developed and Developing Countries. CHC Bulletin, 13 and 14.Google Scholar
  17. Wang, C.G. 2010. The Village-Simulation Phenomena and the Overseas Chinese Associations: A Case Study on the Ethnic Chinese Associations in the Netherlands. Overseas Chinese History Studies 3: 1–12.Google Scholar
  18. Xiang, B. 2005. Fox2008cn. http://www.fox2008.cn/ebook/dushu/dush2004/dush20040501.html. Accessed 1 May 2017.
  19. ———. 2007a. The Making of Mobile Subjects: How Migration and Institutional Reform Intersect in Northeast China. Development 50 (4): 69–74.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  20. ———. 2007b. A New Mobility Regime in the Making: What Does a Mobile China Mean to the World? In La direction générale de la coopération internationale et du développement et l’Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales (dir.), Pays émergents et aide publique au développement. Paris: Ministère des Affaires étrangères.Google Scholar
  21. ———. 2016. Beyond Methodological Nationalism and Epistemological Behaviouralism: Drawing Illustrations from Migrations Within and from China. Population Space and Place, 22 (7): 669–680.Google Scholar
  22. Xinhua. 2010. Overseas Chinese Celebrated Lantern Festival in Ghana. http://news.xinhuanet.com/world/2010-02/28/content_13070448.htm. Accessed 1 May 2017.

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Liu Haifang
    • 1
  1. 1.School of International Studies, Peking UniversityBeijingChina

Personalised recommendations