Home away from home: The social and political roles of contemporary Chinese associations in Zambia
SourceJournal of Current Chinese Affairs, 48, 2, (2019), pp. 148-170
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Journal of Current Chinese Affairs
SubjectAnthropology and Development Studies
This article examines the social and political roles of contemporary Chinese associations in Africa with case studies from Zambia. These associations help Chinese migrants better integrate and promote China's image in Zambian society. More importantly, they proactively engage in bilateral political relations, working with the embassy and state apparatus, defending China’s overseas interests, and providing public goods to the Chinese community. We argue that, because of the associations, Chinese migrants in Zambia are politicised beyond the fact of their living in economic enclaves. Contemporary Chinese associations should thus be recognised as a significant actor and an indispensable intermediary in the rapid evolution of China-Africa relations.
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