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Online seminar: China’s New Minority: Africans in China, Their Identities and Well-Being

October 23, 2020 - 10:15-11:30

In the past decade, the relations between China and African countries have transcended from state-level multi-lateral and bilateral exchanges to the micro-level, with important implications for households and individuals. Of note has been the varying forms of population migrations between the two places for reasons ranging from business ventures, education, asylum-seeking and family making and reunification. The focus of this seminar is on the well-beings of Africans, as a new kind of minority in China. Topics range from psychological distress of Africans in Hong Kong, recent tensions in Guangzhou between African residents and city authorities over perceived discriminatory COVID-19 control measures, and African students’ dream to elevate themselves on the social ladder through further education in China.


Psychological Wellbeing in Diaspora Space: A Study of African Economic Migrants in Hong Kong
Dr. Padmore Adusei Amoah, Research Assistant Professor, School of Graduate Studies; Asia Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies; Center for Social Policy and Social Change, Lingnan University

Bridging the Asymmetries? African Students’ Mobility to China
Dr. Obert Hodzi, Lecturer, Department of Politics, University of Liverpool

Africans in Post-COVID-19 Pandemic China: Is there a Future for China’s ‘New Minority’?
Dr. Roberto Castillo, Assistant Professor, Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan UniversityDiscussants:

Dr. Hang Kei Ho, Researcher, Sociology Discipline, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki

Dr. Runya Qiaoan, Assistant Professor, Department of Asian Studies, Palacky University


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The seminar is part of ADI/NIAS’ Africa-Asia Week events (to register, please visit this page).

Online seminar: China’s New Minority: Africans in China, Their Identities and Well-Being


October 23, 2020


ADI – Asian Dynamics Initiative
NIAS – Nordic Institute of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies, Palacky University
Journal of Asian Ethnicity (Taylor&Francis)
Chinese Studies at the University of Helsinki (Finland)